This week on Off the Charts, we blogged about health reform, unemployment, housing, state budgets, and the economy.
- On health reform, we outlined how states can best structure their health insurance exchanges, and Shannon Spillane explained that health reform is not at fault for this year’s increases in insurance premiums.
- On unemployment, Chad Stone highlighted the risks of allowing emergency unemployment benefits to expire.
- On housing, Will Fischer explained why the federal government should adequately fund public housing.
- On state budgets, Phil Oliff discussed the recession’s continuing impact on states. Jon Shure outlined several state ballot initiatives that could make it easier for states to maintain public services — and several others that could make it much harder.
- On the economy, Chad Stone explained that slow economic growth and the large jobs deficit the nation faces demonstrate the need for another stimulus measure.
In other news, the Center released a podcast on the recession and states (on iTunes here).