Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net


Data Story: Food Stamps and Unemployment

This is the first our data stories, short pieces to spotlight the role of the Federal Priorities Database in understanding the relationship between social indicators and federal spending programs. This time, we're featuring food stamp participation and unemployment rates.


New Data: TANF Participation

We've added the following indicator to the Federal Priorities Database. TANF (Cash Assistance) Participation: average number of individuals and families receiving cash assistance. TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. . Note that it replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) during the Clinton administration, which explains the ...

The Precarious Position of Anti-poverty Programs

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }a:link { } There are a deluge of budget proposals and compromises that Congress is trying to quickly wade through as the August 2nd date for default on our federal debt draws near. On one side, House Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling without a ...

New Data: WIC Benefits and Participation

We've added two new food-related indicators to the Federal Priorities Database: WIC benefits and WIC participation.


Field Notes: Creating Change in Washington

Earlier this week I went to Washington, D.C. for the international conference of RESULTS, a nonpartisan organization working to end hunger and poverty by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power. The goal of RESULTS is captured in this quote by former Oregon Republican Senator Mark Hatfield:“We stand ...

Congress Taking Food from Poor Women and Children to Save a Few Bucks?

Ask Kyle – Putting the “Bud” back in Federal BudgetWell...maybe. The actual answer is complicated. Although that might be an a reasonable conclusion to draw if you recently read that Congress was planning to slash more than $832 million from the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. WIC helps ...

Human Needs Groups Help Constituents Tell Their Stories

Half in Ten, the campaign to cut poverty in half in ten years, in partnership with the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN), which heads up the "SAVE for All" coalition, have launched the "Stories" website. Together they "are collecting videos and written testimony from affected individuals from across the country ...

What the heck does the federal budget have to do with Michigan?

I had the real privilege of speaking at the Michigan Forum on Jobs and Human Needs on Saturday, March 6, 2001. Sponsored by a great mix of labor, faith, peace and student groups, the event was held in Lansing, Michigan, the state's capital, which is located within Ingham County. Many ...

President Obama's 2012 Budget

NPP Provides State-Level Analysis of the President'sFiscal Year 2012 Budget RequestToday the White House released the Obama Administration's budget request for Fiscal Year 2012, which begins on October 1, 2011. As expected, the estimated $3.7 trillion FY2012 request contains a number of critical policy and fiscal goals, including: Reducing the ...

The FY2012 Budget Message of the President

To the Congress of the United States:America is emerging from the worst recession in generations. In 2010, an economy that had beenshrinking began to grow again. After nearly 2 years of job losses, America’s businesses added morethan one million jobs. Our capital and credit markets are functioning and strong. Manufacturing ...