In an unenviable position. You might call it kidlock.
In terms of equity, Connecticut’s FY 2018-2019 children’s budget … the share of state spending on children and families … reached a record low, declining to 27.8 percent of the overall budget. The reason is obvious: in an effort to address the state’s crushing debt load, money was cut from other budget line items, including children’s programs. Perhaps necessary, but still unfortunate for the many Connecticut children who will not otherwise have a chance for an even start in life.
“We can’t just cut our way out of our financial problems, and we can’t just tax our way out of them either. There’s no magic pill to solve this.”
In a January 30 session at the state capitol, Connecticut Voices for Children spoke out about dwindling funds allocated to helping Connecticut kids grow up healthy, smart, and prepared to support families, and provided an in-depth look at the fiscal challenges and opportunities facing the state.
Presentations covered some of the most pressing budgetary issues before the state legislature this session, including surging pension costs, the declining Children´s Budget, and fundamental tax reforms, as well as new fiscal restrictions that could continue to negatively impact funding for children’s programs in the future. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo noted that a mixture of policy changes would be needed to resolve the state’s financial issues: “We can’t just cut our way out of our financial problems, and we can’t just tax our way out of them either. There’s no magic pill to solve this…it’s more complex than that.”
CT Voices for Children offered the following policy recommendations:
Liberty Bank Foundation fully supports education (from pre-school on up) as a way of creating a more self-sufficient citizenry that can contribute to the overall financial health of the state. State investments in children and families are vital to Connecticut’s future. Want to get involved in advocating for the children’s budget? Go to CT Voices for Children for more.