ERIC Number: ED306324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of FY 1990 Budget Proposals and Their Impact on Low Income Programs.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.
Despite claims that benefits for the needy have not been reduced, the Reagan Administration's final budget for fiscal year 1990 is marked by substantial reductions in programs for the poor. Actual spending for low-income programs would be sliced $6.75 billion below current levels. Medicaid, which provides health care coverage for poor families with children and poor elderly and disabled people, would bear the largest reduction of any program, with a cut of $1.66 billion. The reductions would also be substantial in non-entitlement programs for the poor, a group that has already borne some of the deepest reductions of the past eight years. The new proposals would bring the total reduction in appropriations for low-income non-entitlement programs to 61 percent from fiscal year 1981. The following programs would experience significant reductions: (1) Medicaid; (2) heating and cooling assistance; (3) low-income housing; (4) Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and child support enforcement; (5) food assistance; and (6) legal services and community action. The following programs would have their funding terminated, reduced or frozen: (1) refugee assistance; (2) funding for construction of health facilities on Indian reservations; (3) project Head Start; and (4) foster care and child welfare. Although not limited to low-income households, reductions in the following programs have significant impact on them: (1) mass transit; (2) drug abuse; and (3) Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Statistical data are included on three tables. (FMW)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Budgets, Child Welfare, Drug Abuse, Emergency Programs, Family Programs, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Health Programs, Housing, Legal Aid, Low Income Groups, Nonschool Educational Programs, Poverty Programs, Program Evaluation, Retrenchment, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.