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Federal Budget | Latest News & Updates
September 23, 2016
House Passes Juvenile Justice Reauthorization!
On Sept. 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what might be "the most significant justice reform measure to reach Obama in his tenure," according to ...
July 5, 2016
What Message are We Sending?
A Millennial's reaction to a new poll: "The Nation isn't putting its money where its mouth is" when it comes to young people.
June 27, 2016
Dear Congress, Actions still speak louder than words
Congress spending money in all the worng places. Congress is passing bills that will eventually arm low income working families. Especially healthy meals at school ...
January 20, 2016
Sign-On Letter for JJDPA Reauthorization
List of organizations who support reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
January 1, 2016
Writing a Good Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor can help you get your message out to your community and to policymakers. Here are some tips to write and place them in local and online ...
December 18, 2015
Federal Spending to Improve Juvenile Justice Gets a Nudge in the Right Direction
If you care about fairer, more effective juvenile justice programs that help young people get their lives back on track while keeping communities safe, you’ll ...
November 5, 2015
Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes
President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was based on a negotiated agreement to raise federal spending caps and extend the debt ...
October 28, 2015
Support the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
The Steering Committee of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) is submitting a letter in support of the ...
July 13, 2015
Medicaid at 50: A Look at the Long-Term Benefits of Childhood Medicaid
New data highlight striking examples of the long-term effects of Medicaid—including better health, lower rates of mortality, better educational and economic ...
July 10, 2015
Public Supports Kids, the Money Doesn’t Follow
In an analysis for SparkAction, Patrick Boyle takes a deeper look at federal spending for children and youth.
June 25, 2015
Still Losing Ground: Children's Budget 2015
Things are looking up financially for the federal government, but you wouldn’t know it if you’re a kid. A new report finds that the share of federal ...
May 12, 2015
House and Senate Budget Makes Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Poor, Low-Income People
Low-income youth and adults need pathways to postsecondary education leading to good jobs, along with Pell Grants and other financial aid so they can afford it. Our ...
February 12, 2015
2016 Federal Budget: Opinions and Reactions
The 2016 Federal Budget is out and everyone is buzzing about what is and isn't a top priority. We're pretty excited to see education and job opportunity as a ...
February 2, 2015
Statement of Robert Greenstein on the President’s 2016 Budget
President Obama is proposing a surprisingly ambitious budget that would make progress — in some cases modest, in others large — in various areas in which ...
January 23, 2015
United States Federal Budget: Budget Process
The federal budget process is meant to be a participatory process carried out by Congress that reflects the priorities of the American people. The vision of democracy ...
January 21, 2015
2015 Budget Battle Deadlines
The Republican-controlled 114th Congress hosts 74 brand new, newly-elected members. Now that the new year and new Congress have started, here are ...
November 25, 2014
Fund What Matters: the Future of Justice
Despite a universally recognized need to further reduce delinquency and improve juvenile justice systems, federal appropriations for key federal juvenile justice ...
November 1, 2014
Federal Budget & Appropriations: Glossary and Guide
If you're confused by all the language around the federal budget and appropriations, The National Priorities Project can help. Check out their detailed yet easy ...
August 26, 2014
The Federal Debt in 3 Minutes: VIDEO
The federal debt impacts the budget process and is used by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to justify spending levels. Advocates need to understand it. This ...
April 14, 2014
WEBCAST: Performance Partnership Pilots and Disconnected Youth
On April 21, the Department of Education, the Office of Management and Budget, the Corporation for National and Community Service and other agencies will host an ...
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