This week on Off the Charts, we focused on state budgets and taxes, the federal budget and taxes, the safety net, health reform, and jobs.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Mitchell mapped the large growth in state prison populations in recent decades. Nicholas Johnson presented a video highlighting the State Priorities Partnership, a network of 41 independent organizations working to improve state budget policies.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chye-Ching Huang pointed out that a reported congressional “tax extender” package included costly expansions of tax cuts.
On the safety net, Zoë Neuberger highlighted features of the school meal programs that make it easier for children whose families are going through especially hard times to obtain school meals. Kathy Ruffing explained why reapportioning payroll taxes between Social Security’s disability and retirement trust funds wouldn’t jeopardize retirees.
On health reform, Paul Van de Water listed six ways it helps middle-class Americans.
On jobs, Chad Stone illustrated the latest employment figures.