This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health, food assistance, and the safety net.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr posted ten federal tax charts to provide context for some important policy issues ahead of Tax Day. Bryann DaSilva demonstrated how low-income childless adults are the only group the federal tax code taxes into poverty. Brandon DeBot warned that the House and Senate budget plans would lock in damaging effects of cuts to the IRS budget. We also rounded up several of our backgrounders on how the federal government collects and spends tax dollars.
On health, Jessica Schubel reported how states can use Medicaid flexibility to improve beneficiaries’ health and cut costs.
On food assistance, Becca Segal outlined three key deadlines for school districts that are considering adopting community eligibility in the 2015-2016 school year to ensure students have access to free, nutritious school meals.
On the safety net, Liz Schott noted that a close look at data on state spending for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program shows the dangers of block-granting safety net programs and described the harmful TANF restrictions in a new bill from Kansas legislators.