Do Children Have a Seat at America’s Fiscal Table?
From the presidential campaigns to mayors’ races, the results of upcoming elections could shift spending priorities at all levels of government, with implications for how and how much the nation invests in its children. Amidst debates over how best to invest scarce public resources, what does the evidence say about how we spend on children now? What are the implications of current fiscal trends for future spending on children? What should policymakers’ priorities be for ensuring today’s children grow and thrive into tomorrow’s parents, workers, and leaders?
At this event, the Urban Institute released its 13th annual Kids’ Share report, which tracks federal spending on children and explains how congressional budget actions affect children. Urban’s Kids’ Share project informs a national conversation about how best to invest the country’s resources by examining federal and state expenditures on children in the past and projecting those expenditures for the future.
Jennifer L. Brooks, Independent Social Impact Advisor
Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Coexecutive Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
Heather Hahn, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Julia B. Isaacs, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Mattie Quinn, Staff Writer, Governing
C. Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute