Weekend Videos: Is COVID Saving Lives, Pennsylvania Schools Employees, SALT Cap

A round-up of the week that was

It’s boom-and-bust with me for producing videos, alas. It is dependent on many factors, one of which I have some quiet time to make such videos. (With three teens at home, one autistic, this is tough… which is why I did two of these videos from my van, at the laundromat.)

Is COVID Now Saving Lives?

Short answer: no, with a but
Long answer: this video

Looking at U.S. mortality stats as of April 23, 2021 —and thinking what full year 2021 deaths may look like. Plus discussing co-morbidities and correlations.

Video:

The links:
Powerline blog post: COVID IS NOW SAVING LIVES
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/04/covid-is-now-saving-lives.php

Twitter conversation on death count lag:

CDC excess death dashboard:
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

nature – Are smokers protected against SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19)? The origins of the myth
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41533-021-00223-1

Actuarial News: Pennsylvania Schools Employers Retirement System

Looking at what’s up with the Pennsylvania Schools Employees Retirement System

Video:

Links:

Actuarial News – tag PSERS
https://www.actuarial.news/tag/psers/

PSERS at the Public Plans Database
https://publicplansdata.org/quick-facts/by-pension-plan/plan/?ppd_id=92

Actuarial News: State and Local Taxes Deductibility Cap

Checking out the current dispute over deductibility of state and local taxes in federal income tax (aka the SALT cap)

Video:


Links:
Actuarial News, SALT Cap tag
https://www.actuarial.news/tag/salt-cap/

Research on SALT Cap, January 2017
https://www.gfoa.org/materials/the-impact-of-eliminating-the-state-and-local-tax-deduction

Be seeing y’all again, soon!