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Work requirements don’t work. Just look what they did to TANF.

February 26th, 2018

This WaPo piece I posted this AM taps some new evidence by my CBPP colleagues (Mitchell, Pavetti, Huang). I found the numbers highly germane to the work-requirement thrust from conservatives attacking safety-net programs. The CBBP results track poor parents sanctioned off of the TANF program in Kansas and finds what I’ve always, always, always maintained… Read more

What’s at stake in the Janus case.

February 26th, 2018

Lots of people think unions are pretty much kaput, but that’s not so, especially in the public sector, where union membership has been a bit north of one-third of the public-sector workforce, and remarkably steady, since the late 1970s (private sector coverage, by contrast, is 6.5%; see figure). That’s why the Janus case being argued… Read more

Perspective, people!

February 21st, 2018

Over at WaPo. I left out one figure/point due to space constraints. The other day when the CPI report came out slightly above expectations, as I discuss in the WaPo piece, a few freaker-outers actually started talking about 70’s-style stagflation. So here’s a graph of how we measured stagflation back in the day, using the… Read more