Brief How Would Spending on Children be Affected by the Proposed 2018 Budget?
Julia B. Isaacs, Cary Lou, Ashley Hong
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If the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 budget were to be fully adopted, federal spending on children would be at least 9 percent lower over the 10-year budget window compared with projections under current law. The largest proportional cuts would be to spending on education programs, which would be reduced by 15 percent below baseline spending projections for 2018–27. SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF would also experience substantial cuts, and some housing and social services programs would be eliminated entirely. The brief builds off the Urban Institute’s annual Kids’ Share reports, which track government spending on children annually and current-law projections.

Research Areas Families Social safety net Taxes and budgets Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Social Security Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Supplemental nutrition - Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Federal budget and economy Kids in context Hunger and food assistance Children's budget
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population