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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health reform, and the safety net.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, in part five of our series on working-family tax credits, Chuck Marr pointed to our state-by-state fact sheets on how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit reduce poverty, who benefits, and what states are doing to strengthen the credits.  He also explained that a proposed “repatriation tax holiday” costs money so couldn’t pay for highway construction (or anything else).  We marked EITC Awareness Day by pointing to resources to help eligible workers claim the credit.
  • On health reform, Judy Solomon described the diverse group of Americans who would lose coverage if health reform subsidies end in marketplace states. Paul Van de Water noted that projected federal health care spending has fallen even with health reform’s coverage expansions.
  • On the safety net, Chad Stone explained why the claim that unemployment insurance benefits kill jobs is unconvincing.  Arloc Sherman highlighted a new report listing policy changes that would reduce child poverty by 60 percent.
We updated our paper on how much a state EITC would cost and our backgrounders on state EITCs and unemployment insurance. CBPP’s Chart of the Week – From Our Blog on Projected Federal Health Spending
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A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights: Critics assail proposed tax holiday for roads The Hill January 30, 2015 Nation’s per-pupil K-12 funding fell for second consecutive year in 2012 Washington Post January 29, 2015 Are there more welfare recipients in the U.S. than full-time workers? PolitiFact January 28, 2015 Republican Governors Buck Party Line on Raising Taxes New York Times January 24, 2015 Don’t miss any of our posts, papers, or charts — follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Apply by this Sunday, Feb. 1 for our summer internship program!