Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net

Data Story: Unemployment Versus Underemployment

What's the difference between unemployment and underemployment, and how does a long-term economic downturn affect their relationship?

The Shakedown on the Payroll Tax Cut Extension

In Monday’s budget brief, NPP’s senior research analyst Chris Hellman explained the payroll tax cut and President Obama's proposal to extend it. But the proposal is controversial—it's been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans. Republicans argue that President Obama must find a way to offset the tax cut by cutting ...

Budget Brief: Proposed Payroll Tax Cut Extension

In the latest installment of our weekly Budget Brief videos, senior research analyst Chris Hellman explains the payroll tax cuts enacted last year, the proposed extension of these cuts into 2012, and the debate over how to pay for them.

Data Story: Food Insecurity and Food Stamps

Between 2008 and 2010, the percentage of food insecure households remained flat at 14.5% while the amount of money the federal government spent on the food stamp program rose 83%.

New Data: Food Insecurity

We've added a new indicator. Food insecurity: households with difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all members.

Data Story: Volusia County, FL

This week's data story is inspired by an activist from Daytona Beach, Florida

Updated Data: 38 Expenditures

38 datasets have been updated to reflect yesterday's release of the FY 2010 Consolidated Federal Funds Report, which tracks federal government expenditures or obligations.

Updated Data: Poverty

The people, children, and families in poverty datasets are now current through 2010 and reflect the latest American Community Survey (ACS) findings.

Data Story: WIC Benefits and Participation

Our new featured data story is WIC benefits and participation.

Deficit Reduction or Class Warfare?

Obama's speech in the Rose Garden on Monday outlined his proposal to control deficit spending, which features the “Buffet Rule” to ensure that households earning over $1 million do not pay a lower tax rate than middle-class Americans. Critics of Obama's plan called this class warfare. But in today's flagging ...