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In case you missed it…

This week on Off the Charts, we covered the jobs bill making its way through the Senate, a provision of the health reform law that will help young adults, a tax loophole, the origins of...

Whose Deficit Is It, Anyway?

A number of policymakers and pundits — most recently House Minority Leader John Boehner — blame Obama Administration policies for the large deficits we confront.  But the numbers tell a very different story. As my...
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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

Opponents of Closing “Carried Interest” Loophole Actually Make Opposite Case

Policymakers would be well-advised to read a new Tax Notes piece by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Cameron Smith, and Winston Stoody, which argues against closing a tax loophole that enables investment fund managers to pay taxes on...

Now Graduates Can Keep the Coverage as Well as the Gown

One of the first pieces of the new health reform law to take effect will start helping young adults this fall, and it could significantly improve coverage among a group that makes up a disproportionate...

Are New Ingredients Adding More Than Cost to WIC Foods?

Update 7/13/10: New post on the topic here. The federal WIC program, which provides foods and nutrition services to 9 million low-income pregnant and postpartum women and young children, spends about $90 million extra each...

Q & A With Michael Leachman on the Recovery Act

Today, we sat down with Michael Leachman, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center, to discuss the latest information showing that the Recovery Act is creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Prospects Brighten for State Assistance

Good news for education, health care, public safety, human services, and – oh yes – good news for the economy:

End to COBRA Help Means More Pain for Jobless Families

As Marketwatch and the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog both report, some families with unemployed workers will face significantly higher health care costs if Congress fails to renew a Recovery Act provision that has made...

David Broder: “Unconscionable” Cuts to Education

“[W]e cannot commit to raising [educational] standards in one breath and turn around and issue layoff notices to thousands of teachers in the next,” columnist David Broder wrote yesterday, terming it “unconscionable” for Congress to...

In case you missed it…

With Congress in recess this week, in Off the Charts we focused on a top legislative issue for next week when lawmakers return: the jobs bill.