This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, Disability Insurance, and state budgets.
On the federal budget and taxes, Paul Van de Water explained some of the problems with “generational accounting.” Chye-Ching Huang warned of the risks of using “dynamic scoring” for tax reform and other major legislation.
On food assistance, we excerpted Robert Greenstein’s congressional testimony on SNAP’s track record of eliminating severe hunger and malnutrition. Zoë Neuberger highlighted our new report on how many schools have adopted the community eligibility option to reduce hunger. Becca Segal called on community leaders, child advocates, and policymakers to spread the word about the benefits of community eligibility and mapped the participating schools.
On Disability Insurance, Kathy Ruffing explained why it’s an essential component of Social Security.
On state budgets, Michael Mitchell highlighted a report from the Brennan Center for Justice that finds growing incarceration contributed little to the sharp drop in crime in recent decades.