This week on Off the Charts, we discussed the Senate jobs bill, state tax policies, and the growth in income inequality.
Earlier in the week, LaDonna Pavetti, director of the Center’s welfare reform and income support division, highlighted the TANF Emergency Fund. The 2009 Recovery Act’s “best-kept secret,” the fund supports state jobs programs that will provide work for nearly 190,000 adults and youth. The jobs bill that failed to clear the Senate this week would have extended the fund (which expires September 30), enabling states to keep these effective programs in place.
Chad Stone, our chief economist, sat down with us for a Q & A on unemployment insurance, which the jobs bill would have extended as well. Stone also blogged about the importance of the jobs bill and the misplaced arguments against it. He explained why it’s vital to extend unemployment insurance, aid to states, and the TANF Emergency Fund, despite political obstacles.