Research Report Kids' Share 2012
Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2011
Julia B. Isaacs, Katherine Toran, Heather Hahn, Karina Fortuny, C. Eugene Steuerle
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Kids' Share 2012: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2011, a sixth annual report, looks comprehensively at trends over the past 50 years in federal spending and tax expenditures on children. Key findings suggest that the size and composition of expenditures on children have changed considerably, but children have not been a budget priority. In 2011, federal outlays on children fell for the first time since the early 1980s, dropping from $378 billion in 2010 to $376 billion. Over the next decade, outlays on children are projected to decline from 10 to 8 percent of the federal budget.

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Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Families Taxes and budgets
Tags Fiscal policy Economic well-being State and local tax issues Individual taxes Federal budget and economy Children's budget Spending on children
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center