Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net


Updated Data: TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

TANF individual and family participation numbers are now current through fiscal year 2011.


Updated Data: School Meals

School breakfast, school lunch, and summer lunch participation numbers are now current through fiscal year 2011.


Updated Data: Labor Force, Employment, and Unemployment

Labor Force Participation, Employment, and Unemployment data are now current through 2011.


Improved and Updated: Median Household Income

We've updated the following dataset, which is now current through 2010, the latest available information: Median Household Income As with our poverty data, we've changed the data source from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey to the American Community Survey, which is more accurate at the state level.

Updated Data: WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

WIC participation and benefits are now current through 2011.


Primary Stakes: Tale of Two Super Tuesday States

The presidential election is about voters’ vision for how the federal government should serve the American people. National Priorities Project’s Primary Stakes series examines how residents of primary states currently rely on assistance from the federal government, and two Super Tuesday states illustrate that support from the federal government—and taxes ...

Priority Number One: Job Creation

Likely voters said their top priority for President Obama’s 2013 budget was job creation, according to a poll conducted last month by The Hill. The president released his fiscal 2013 budget on Feb. 13, and it includes around $350 billion for job creation, including money for jobs in the short-term, ...


Primary Stakes: Federal Money Flows into Hard-Hit Michigan

National Priorities Project examines direct federal support to Michigan residents, and federal money in the state’s budget.


Coloradans Pay Hefty Taxes, Reap Considerable Benefits

Colorado residents will caucus today to decide their pick for the Republican nominee for president. Choosing a presidential candidate in part means caucus-goers will consider how they want the government to spend their federal tax dollars. National Priorities Project took a look at how much Colorado residents currently pay in ...


Budget Brief- Extending Unemployment Benefits

Senior research analyst Mattea Kramer explains how the proposed extension of unemployment benefits would help keep the economy afloat.