Prioritization in State & Federal Budgets
The annual budget is the single most powerful expression of the state’s priorities. It is during the budget process that decisions are made about the expenditure of revenues, and there are many competing interests that must be considered when dividing up tax dollars. With finite resources, changes in tax policies and in the appropriation of revenues can benefit groups of Michigan residents, while leaving others behind. Of particular concern is the potential impact on the children and families that are already facing challenges – children of color and from low-income families. These challenges include limited access to high-quality education and care in early childhood, a safe and secure home environment, and opportunities for education and career success.
As Michigan becomes more diverse, funding decisions that do not explicitly address underlying inequities in resource and opportunity will lead to longer-term fiscal hardships for all Michigan residents. With one out of four Michigan children living in poverty, gaps in opportunity, coupled with structural barriers, contribute to gaps in achievement throughout a student’s educational career. Decision-makers need to prioritize budget investments that improve outcomes for all children by closing the equity gaps that begin early and accumulate over a lifetime.
Visit our Budget Basics library for more information on how the state and federal budgets impact children, youth and families in Michigan.
State Budget Resources:
The Fiscal Year 2019 Budget (June 29, 2018)
What’s Still At Play in the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget (May 16, 2018)
Investing in Prevention: The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (April 30, 2018)
Supporting Family Literacy in the State Budget (April 26, 2018)
Successful Foster Care Transitions: Addressing Homelessness, Expanding MYOI and Improving Fostering Futures (April 26, 2018)
A Statewide Early On Michigan Investment (UPDATED April 22, 2018)
The Fiscal Year 2018 Budget (July 10, 2017)