May 2, 2008
Children's Budget 2008
First Focus: Making Children and Families the Priority, a research/lobbying organization, has finished a report that looks at the amount the U.S. spends on children. "Children's Budget 2008" does a couple of helpful things: it breaks down the different programs that focus on children and also highlights the direction (up or down) of spending on such programs. The report is arranged in a way that its findings are easily understood and I think could make a good background assignment for a class. There is also an associated powerpoint presentation.
The key findings of the report include:
- For the past five years, only one penny of every new, non-defense dollar spent by the federal government has gone to children and children’s programs.
- Children’s spending now makes up only ten percent of the entire non-defense budget.
- The overall share of federal, non-defense spending going to children’s programs has dropped by 10 percent over the past five years.
- Real discretionary
spending on children has declined by more than 6 percent since 2004, while at
the same time all other non-defense discretionary spending has increased by more
than 8 percent.
-Thanks to Christopher Spina for forwarding the info to me. E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
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