The Children's Budget Overall
What the Data Show: A Shrinking Children's Budget
The "Children's Budget" encompasses both state agencies whose missions center on young people and state programs in other agencies that exceed $5 million per year in current dollars. Over the past generation, this Budget has fallen from close to 40% of the General Fund to a bit over 30%, a substantial reordering of the state's priorities away from future investment. If we budgeted today as we did a generation ago, Connecticut would invest about $1.5 billion more each year in young people.
Meanwhile, the state's long-term obligations to bondholders and public employees have grown from one sixth to one quarter of the budget--enough to restore the declines in the Children's Budget. The remainder of the budget has changed little on net. Restoring the Children's Budget while making good on our debts is the central challenge facing state budget-makers today.
What the Data Mean
Check out the following Connecticut Voices publications for context on:
- The overall impact of our shrinking Children's Budget
- How Connecticut's public expenditures and revenues compare to other states'
- Steps Connecticut can take to make its tax policies more child-friendly
And be sure to use the drop-down menus below the graph to explore the impact of these trends on different programs within the Children's Budget.