ERIC Number: ED409982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Budget Watch: Investments in Our Future. A Profile of State and Federal Spending for Children in Pennsylvania, FY 1989-1990 through FY 1995-1996.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Harrisburg.
This report profiles trends in state and federal spending for children in Pennsylvania from fiscal year (FY) 1989-1990 through 1995-1996, and highlights budgetary trends and the impact of federal welfare reform on selected children's health, nutrition, early care and education, elementary and secondary education, income support, and child welfare and juvenile justice programs. Findings indicate that a relatively small portion of state funds go to children's programs other than education, that children's programs are a relatively small portion of federal spending, and that federal children's spending typically supports critical safety net programs for low-income, endangered, or disabled children. From FY94-95 through FY95-96, state support of children's programs did not keep pace with economic growth. Public sector child health spending has increased as employer-sponsored health insurance programs have eroded. About 14,000 children may lose Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to changes in the SSI criteria. Expenditures for early child care and education have increased due to new federal initiatives, and child support enforcement costs for federal and state governments have also increased. Pennsylvania is among the 10 worst states in terms of the high share of income spent on taxes by the poorest 20 percent of families. There have also been large increases in the number of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems needing crisis intervention. (Appendices include tabular presentations of program budgets and the mission statement for the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.) (KB)
Descriptors: Budgets, Child Health, Child Support, Child Welfare, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Services, Juvenile Justice, Low Income Groups, Nutrition, Retrenchment, State Aid, State Federal Aid, State Programs, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, 20 North Market Square, Suite 300, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1632 ($5. make check or money order payable to PPC; Pennsylvania residents must add sales tax).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania