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June 2016

What Children Face From the Federal Budget

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(6):519-520. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4940

The declining children’s share of the federal budget raises concerns about children’s health and well-being. Now about 10% of the federal budget, spending on children is projected to decline relative to the size of our economy and total federal spending over the next decade, according to Kids’ Share 2015,1 our most recent analysis of budgetary policy toward children. Excluding health care, fewer real dollars will be spent on children in 2025 than in 2011.

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