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Kids Continue to Lose Out on Federal Spending

July 19, 2018

A new report from the Urban Institute finds steady and growing declines in federal spending on programs that support children, youth and families. A few key points from the July 2018 report, Kids' Share 2018: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2017 and Future Projections:

  • Public spending on children aims to support their healthy development, helping them fulfill their human potential.
     
  • Children will receive just one cent of every dollar from the projected $1.6 trillion increase in federal spending authorized under the Trump administration, according to the report.
     
  • Over the next decade, every major category of spending on children (health, education, income security, and so on) is projected to decline relative to GDP. Over the same period, the children’s share of the budget will drop from 9.4 percent to 6.9 percent.
     
  • By 2020, the federal government will spend more on interest payments on its debt than it pays to provide support for children.
     
  • More than three-fifths of expenditures on children are from tax provisions or health programs. Medicaid is the largest source of federal support for children, followed by the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.

To learn more, read the Urban Institute report, Kids' Share 2018: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2017 and Future Projections.

You may also be interested in a City Lab article, The ‘War on Poverty’ Isn’t Over, and Kids Are Losing.

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