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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.

This week we released papers on how the Hatch-Upton proposal for the Children’s Health Insurance Program could weaken children’s health coverage and on the number of schools adopting community eligibility. We posted Robert Greenstein’s testimony on the importance of SNAP.  We updated our database on schools adopting community eligibility, our paper on why the excise tax on medical devices should not be repealed, and our backgrounder on unemployment insurance.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week – From Robert Greenstein’s testimony before the House Agriculture Committee:


A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

Crying Crisis
US News & World Report
February 27, 2015

Tax Increases Much-Regretted Necessity for Republican Governors
February 23, 2015

Walmart Changes the Debate on Minimum Wage
The Fiscal Times
February 20, 2015

Is Welfare Reform Causing Earlier Deaths?
The Nation
February 17, 2015

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