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ERIC Number: EJ851020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
State Budgets and Federal Stimulus: A First Look
Karolak, Eric
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n188 p76-78 Jul-Aug 2009
U.S. has slipped into a recession greater and deeper than anyone expected. At least 47 states are grappling with budget shortfalls, and 46 states already anticipate problems into 2010 and 2011. State legislatures have the daunting task of balancing budgets as revenues drop and the need for services increases. Whether one participates in a child care subsidy program or the state-funded Pre-K program, receive training from a R&R, or participate in the state quality rating system, what happens to public funding for child care and early learning affects people and the industry. A new factor in public funding is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, enacted in February, which provides $787 billion to the states--much of it to plug holes, create jobs, and support infrastructure projects. Advocates pushed hard and succeeded in getting $2 billion included for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Recovery Act funds get worked into the "math" of the state budgets. As of June 1, many states still had not made public how they planned to use the child care stimulus money, but a clear trend is to apply a significant portion of the new money to children on the waiting list. Despite this massive federal shot-in-the-arm, states are still scrambling as revenue numbers tumble and gaps widen. Across the country, budget proposals and bills had to be revised as revenue estimates changed. While many states have not finished their budget process, the author discusses a few trends that have emerged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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