ERIC Number: ED333071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Unchanged Priorities: The Fiscal Year 1992 Bush Budget.
Greenstein, Robert; Leonard, Paul A.
This report analyzes the impact of the 1992 budget proposed by the Bush Administration on Americans of different income levels. Several of the proposals merit consideration, but the overall impact of the budget would continue to favor upper-income individuals and place lower-income individuals increasingly at risk. The following findings are highlighted: (1) the budget as a whole would transfer resources up the income scale and widen disparities between low-income and high-income groups that are already greater than at any time since the end of World War II; (2) the budget does not respond to the current recession by improving unemployment benefits or assisting the victims of the recession; (3) the budget's overall treatment of programs for low-income groups is mixed, however, with the number of programs receiving decreases being greater than the number receiving increases; (4) new budget procedures constrain Congress's ability to reshape budget priorities; and (5) the proposal to combine $15 billion in domestic programs into a massive block grant to states places many poverty programs at risk. Statistical data are presented in three tables. Additional information on proposed food assistance and low-income housing policies is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.