Kids’ Share 2016: Federal Expenditures on Children through 2015 and Future Projections
The report, Kids’ Share 2016: Federal Expenditures on Children through 2015 and Future Projections, offers a hard look at federal money available to kids. It was funded by First Focus and the Annie E. Casey Foundation and written by Urban Institute researchers Julia Isaacs, Sara Edelstein, Heather Hahn, Ellen Steele, and C. Eugene Steuerle.
The annual report, which examines federal spending and tax investments in children and families, was released today at an event hosted by the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. It paints a clear picture of the limited funding available to kids now–and in the future. While rising health care costs and broader eligibility will boost investments in children’s health, funding is down in areas like education, with a projected 24 percent decrease over the next ten years.
“This report is a clear indicator that kids are not a priority in government spending. It should be a wake-up call to our legislators that kids must be put first if we want to see a brighter future for everyone,” said First Focus President Bruce Lesley. “This is an opportunity for policymakers to be on the right side of history.” Read more.
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