Federal and State Funding of Children's Programs

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Federal and State Funding of Children's Programs

Abstract

Although the federal government's funding mechanisms do substantially narrow spending differences across states for non-education children's programs, major differences in states' spending continue to exist. A state's number of children in poverty, ability to raise revenue, and willingness to spend all play a role in creating these spending differences. This paper examines steps that the federal government could take to further reduce spending differences.

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