This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the tax cut-unemployment insurance (UI) deal, the federal budget, welfare reform, the economy, food assistance, and state budgets.
On the tax cut-UI deal, we featured clips of Robert Greenstein discussing the compromise on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and “The Last Word.” Arloc Sherman outlined how three tax benefits in the deal would keep 2 million people above the poverty line, and Chad Stone delineated how the deal affects federal UI benefits. We also updated our charts reflecting the cost of the tax compromise.
On the federal budget, James Horney debunked claims about a Senate omnibus appropriations bill, and we explained how the federal government uses tax dollars.
On welfare reform, LaDonna Pavetti explained that federal TANF funding for states is falling despite rising need.
On the economy, Michael Leachman discussed the latest data showing the 2009 Recovery Act’s positive impact on jobs and the economy.
On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger pointed to a provision in the recently signed child nutrition bill that will help enable thousands of schools in high-poverty areas provide free breakfasts and lunches to all of their students.
On state budgets, we highlighted flaws in a study claiming that state income taxes hurt the economies of these states.