ERIC Number: ED372481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Funding for Low-Income Programs in FY 1994.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.
An analysis of fiscal-year 1994 appropriations levels show that nonentitlement programs for the poor received modest increases compared with fiscal year 1993, but that the overall funding level for these programs remains well below what it was when Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. This paper examines funding for federal programs that are either explicitly targeted to low-income households or those that devote a high portion of funds to these households. The modest increase in overall funding for these programs in fiscal year 1994 was not sufficient to offset the reductions made in these programs during the 1980s. Much of the decrease in low-income appropriations since 1981 results from drastic reductions in appropriations for housing programs. The decline in funding per poor person in the United States is actually greater than 7 percent, because there are more poor people today than in 1981. This paper also describes how appropriations for low-income programs fared in fiscal year 1994, compares fiscal-year 1994 appropriations levels to pre-Reagan levels, details the effect of the Supplemental Appropriations Bill on low-income programs, and describes changes in funding for low-income housing programs. Appendices contain statistics on the following: changes in funding for low-income discretionary programs (education, nutrition, health, employment, housing and general assistance) for fiscal 1993-94, and changes in low-income discretionary program and capped entitlement funding for fiscal years 1981 through 1994. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.