Fact Sheet What’s the future of federal spending on children?
Julia B. Isaacs, Heather Hahn, Cary Lou
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This fact sheet highlights selected findings from Kids’ Share 2017. It shows that federal spending on children is being squeezed by growing interest payments on the national debt and the increasing cost of health and retirement programs. Spending on children is projected to fall from 9.8 percent of the federal budget in 2016 to 7.5 percent in 2027. Interest payments on the debt are projected to exceed federal spending on children by 2020 and more than double by 2027.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Families Social safety net Taxes and budgets Children and youth
Tags Economic well-being State programs, budgets Federal budget and economy Kids in context Families with low incomes Children's budget
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population