Below are cuts to other programs states are making to programs that benefit children, families, and low-income individuals. Click here for the full report on state budget cuts.
Brown also proposes cutting $750 million from child care programs, in part by reducing subsidies by 35 percent and requiring recipients to have incomes less than 60 percent of the state’s median income (down from 75 percent of the median income today). The Governor’s proposal would reduce the number of subsidized childcare slots by about 9,900, or 3 percent.
In addition to proposed federal cuts to the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, community health centers, and school based health clinics being debated in Congress, several states have proposed deep, identifiable cuts in health care that will reduce access to care for low-income children, families and people with disabilities. (These cuts are in addition to health cuts already implemented in 34 states since the recession began.) Click here to read the whole report:
In addition to the proposed cuts at the federal level to the Pell Grant program currently being debated in Congress, at least 20 states have proposed large, identifiable cuts in support for state colleges and universities with direct impacts on students. (These cuts are in addition to higher education cuts already implemented in at least 43 states since the recession began.) Click here to read the full report on these state cuts.
Governor Brewer also proposes to cut community college funding for operating expenses by about $73 million. The cut amounts to 6.2 percent of total community college operating revenues and half of all state support for community colleges.
Perdue also proposes to cut financial aid to students attending private colleges by 6.5 percent and raises tuition rates for community college students enrolled in curriculum courses. The increase will mean $176 more per year for full-time students, bringing resident students’ tuition to $1,984 annually.
In addition to the cuts to public education currently being debate in Congress, at least 21 states have proposed identifiable cuts in support for public schools. In many cases, these cuts undermine school finance systems that are intended to reduce disparities between high-wealth and low-wealth school districts, so the largest impacts may be felt in communities that are least able to compensate for the loss of funds from their own resources. (These cuts are in addition to education cuts already implemented in at least 34 states since the recession began.) Click here to read the full report on this information.
The disease causing delusional budget cuts to programs that provide education and nutrition to low-income children seems to be spreading outward from Capitol Hill. The US House has proposed eliminating 218,220 Head Start slots from the 2011 federal budget, and counties are going even further. In Frederick Maryland, County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to pull $2.3 million from the Head Start program as of March 1. They sensitively told upset parents in the audience that the best way to help their children is to stay married:
They also advised Head Start mothers to stay home with their children, and not hold jobs outside the home.
“Marriage is the best long-term way to help our children,” said Commissioner C. Paul Smith (R), who praised his wife for staying home to raise their 12 children at what he said was a great sacrifice to their family.
Commissioner Kirby Delauter (R) agreed, saying his wife stayed home to raise their four children. “I have four kids that graduated from Frederick County schools,” he said. “I agree with Commissioner Smith.”
Real forward thinkers in touch with the challenges of the modern family. They ignore the fact that the program is designed to serve children ages 3 to 5 in families that fall below the federal poverty line: $22,050 in salary for a family of four. Parents with children in Head Start do not have the luxury to choose between work and raising their family.
Stories like this are taking place all across the country. Adults in positions of leadership are not being forced into these decisions. They are making choices that have nothing to do with the best interests of children in their county/district/state.Share on Facebook
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, at least 16 states have proposed identifiable cuts in support for public schools. In many cases, these cuts undermine school finance systems that are intended to reduce disparities between high-wealth and low-wealth school districts, so the largest impacts may be felt in communities that are least able to compensate for the loss of funds from their own resources. (These cuts are in addition to education cuts already implemented in at least 34 states since the recession began.)
According to a recent report by our friends at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a number of Republican governors, citing state budget problems, have asked Congress to repeal these “maintenance of effort” provisions so that they can reduce Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) expenditures by covering fewer people.
The Affordable Care Act requires states to maintain their current Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program eligibility standards until 2014, when new, nationwide Medicaid eligibility standards take effect and state-based health insurance exchanges will begin operating.
Repealing the maintenance-of-effort provision would almost certainly result in a sharp increase in the number of Americans who are uninsured, as states scale back eligibility for low-income children, parents, seniors, and/or people with serious disabilities — the principal groups of people whom Medicaid covers. During the recession of the early 2000s, some 34 states cut back Medicaid and CHIP eligibility — causing 1.2 million to 1.6 million low-income adults and children to lose coverage — before Congress acted to prevent states from making further eligibility cuts as a condition of receipt of federal fiscal assistance enacted in 2003.
State budget shortfalls are substantially larger today than in those years; states face estimated shortfalls of about $125 billion for state fiscal year 2012, which begins on July 1 in most states. In addition, many governors have said they oppose any revenue increases to help close these shortfalls, despite the magnitude of the budget gaps. If the maintenance-of-effort provision is repealed now, the number of low-income Americans cut off Medicaid and cast into the ranks of the uninsured will likely far outstrip the number who lost insurance in the early 2000s. Arizona alone is seeking to end Medicaid coverage for 280,000 people.
Large numbers of children could lose coverage. Most states do not cover large numbers of parents and childless adults. Should the maintenance-of-effort provisions be repealed, these states likely would curtail eligibility for children (and seniors and people with disabilities) since that is the only way they could generate substantial savings by curtailing Medicaid eligibility. All states cover children with incomes above Medicaid’s minimum eligibility levels, either through Medicaid or CHIP. Almost every state covers children with incomes up to 200 percent of the poverty line. Most cover children with incomes up to at least 250 percent of poverty.
These eligibility standards have produced strong results. They kept the number and percentage of children who were uninsured from rising in 2009 despite the severe recession. The proportion of children covered by Medicaid and CHIP increased by 3.5 percentage points in 2009, offsetting a comparable percentage decline in employer coverage for children.
This is going to be a dangerous year for children and families who receive government services. They face attack on many fronts – the budget cuts proposed by House Republicans at the federal level, and budget cuts proposed by Governors to K-12 education, higher education, and other children’s and youth programs.Share on Facebook
We have noted the states cuts being proposed by Governors across the country. Today, we are going to look at some of the health care, mental health, and child care cuts Governors are offering. Both at the federal level and the state level, children are being asked to pay for the mistakes made by adults. Education, health care, and safety programs have been cut consistently for years now in states and various members of Congress are proposing federal cuts that will dramatically reduce these programs as well. State cuts being proposed include:
On Friday, we noted the cuts Governors are making to K-12 education as a result of budget shortfalls in their states. These are continuation of cuts states have made for several years now since the economic slowdown began in 2007. Today we are going to look at cuts being proposed in higher education. While not impacting children directly, these cuts will make it harder for today’s children to get affordable higher education and will harm our economy in the future. Higher education cuts being proposed include:
After several years of deep budget cutting, Governors have begun to propose even deeper cuts this year. Since much of what the state government spends on includes public education and Medicaid, children will bear the brunt of these cuts. Education cuts being proposed include:
This will only get worse if the federal government passes deep cuts in education funding. About one-third of the category of the federal budget known as “non-security discretionary” spending flows through state governments in the form of funding for education, health care, human services, law enforcement, infrastructure, and other areas. House leaders have proposed cutting that spending by more than 20 percent for the current federal fiscal year, which ends in September. This would reduce federal support for services provided through state and local governments by roughly $32 billion, forcing states to make still-deeper cuts in their budgets for next year.Share on Facebook