This week on Off the Charts, we talked about the elections, jobs, and taxes.
- On the elections, Jon Shure pointed to several ballot initiatives that may significantly affect states’ ability to provide public services, and Nicholas Johnson underscored the need for newly elected governors to take a balanced approach to closing state budget holes.
- On jobs, Chad Stone emphasized the need to extend federal emergency unemployment benefits. Chad also discussed the most recent employment report, noting that the economy is still weak and needs an extra boost.
- On taxes, Chuck Marr explained why it makes no sense to extend the upper-income tax cuts. Chuck also outlined the reasoning behind a tax provision of health reform (i.e., the Affordable Care Act), and Michael Mazerov explained why corporate tax cuts aren’t an effective means of economic stimulus.
In other news, the Center released a podcast, featuring Jon Shure, on state ballot initiatives (on iTunes here), and a statement on the October employment report.