The Nation's priorities and children: How well do they go together?

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The Urban Institute is offering a great forum that you can either attend in person or watch via video webcast

Friday, October 28, 2011 • Noon-1:30 p.m. ET

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Government’s gears are being ground smooth by nonstop wrangling over broad and deep economic maladies, partisanship that grows as election 2012 nears, and fractured visions for America’s future.

In a month, Congress’s Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, known informally as the Super Committee, will issue its recommendation on how to deflate the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. In a year, Americans will go to the polls to select many federal, state, and local leaders. And in between these events, state capitals will tangle anew over shrinking revenues, burgeoning constituent needs, and balanced-budget dictates. 

Where, in all of this, are America’s 74 million children? What challenges and opportunities are posed by budget battles when we think about the dramatic changes in children’s lives in recent decades -- almost 22 percent living in poverty, the trend toward “majority minority” among children, the regional shifts from northern states losing children to southern states gaining them? What will it take to come to national and state budget decisions that invest at the level needed for the youngest generation to succeed, especially in light of states’ senior role in funding children’s programs and services? 

The search for answers will begin with a preview of forthcoming commentaries by Urban Institute scholars from diverse disciplines. Each reflection is grounded in an understanding that over the last two decades economic and demographic trends have substantially changed -- or upended -- the lives of children. Join us for an adult conversation about America’s children, budgets, and priorities.


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