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This week on Off the Charts, we talked about the new Census Bureau data on poverty, incomes and health coverage in 2010; the economy; the federal deficit; state taxes; and public housing.

  • On the Census Bureau data, we released a set of charts presenting the data in historical context.  Robert Greenstein explained that federal programs kept millions of Americans out of poverty in 2010.  Erica Williams examined state-level poverty trends over the past decade.  Hannah Shaw highlighted some particularly troubling findings from the Census report.  And Indivar Dutta-Gupta showed that families living in poverty are the most likely to experience hardship.
  • On the economy, Chad Stone testified before Congress, outlining prescriptions to increase overall demand and jump-start the economy.
  • On the federal deficit, we reposted our chart detailing the main factors driving today’s large deficits.
  • On state taxes, Phil Oliff reported on the Missouri Senate’s vote to preserve a property tax credit that helps thousands of elderly and low-income residents.
  • On public housing, Will Fischer detailed the harmful impact of a House subcommittee bill that would cut public housing funding.

In other news, Robert Greenstein released a statement on the 2010 Census data and we issued a detailed analysis of the data.  Chad Stone testified before Congress on policy prescriptions for the economy.  We updated our backgrounder on unemployment insurance and our chart book on the Great Recession.  We held briefings on raising the Medicare eligibility age and the 2010 Census data.  We also analyzed House legislation to cut funding for public housing.