Growing Up Under a Foreboding Budget Cloud: The Forecast for Government Spending on Children

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Determining how government spends money and who benefits reveals our priorities. The Urban Institute’s Kids’ Share project seeks to inform a national conversation about how best to invest the country's resources by examining federal and state expenditures on children in the past and projected for the future.

Growing Up Under a Foreboding Budget Cloud: The Forecast for Government Spending on Children

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The sixth annual Kids’ Share report, to be released at this forum, will show that federal spending on children fell in 2011, the first such decline in nearly 30 years. States and localities, which provide two-thirds of all public spending on kids, will be hard-strapped to fill that breach as they deal with the fallout from a weak economy. For the decade ahead, the ongoing imbalance between spending growth in programs that largely exclude children, and revenues falling far short of actual spending levels means a continued squeeze on federal spending for children.

Please join this distinguished panel of experts to discuss what’s behind these spending patterns, what must happen to change the trends, how to distinguish between short- and long-term tradeoffs, and whether childhood investments can be boosted or even maintained given other budgetary pressures.

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