This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the latest job numbers, explained the causes and proposed some solutions to coming federal deficits, fact-checked claims about the health reform law, and looked ahead to the new fiscal year for states.
On the economy, chief economist Chad Stone explained what today’s jobs report means in a series of charts.
On the deficit, Robert Greenstein and Jim Horney testified before the President’s Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and we posted some of their comments about how to tackle the deficit and when. Kathy Ruffing, senior policy analyst, debunked a recent Heritage Foundation report on the causes of the deficit. And, Chuck Marr, director of federal tax policy, explained that despite Senator Scott Brown’s recent comments about avoiding steps that would increase the deficit, a gimmick in his new stimulus proposal would have increased the deficit in the long run.