Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MassBudget: Children & Public Health - the House Ways & Means Budget

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To ensure the health and well-being of children in Massachusetts, we run a number of Public Health programs through our state government, including immunizations, violence prevention, support for pregnant women & infants, and other broad-based efforts to nurture kids and strengthen families.

MassBudget's new brief, "Children and Public Health in the House Ways & Means Budget" analyzes the House Ways & Means plans for Public Health, particularly as it would affect kids. We find that:

  • Between 2001 and 2013, funding for Public Health programs that support children was cut 30%

  • The House Ways & Means budget proposal would cut funding for these programs by $1.2 million

  • While the Governor's proposal does little to restore the long-term cuts to Public Health, it does include some significant new money for youth violence prevention

MassBudget's Children's Budget includes a "Health" section with detailed descriptions of these programs as well as complete funding information. "Children and Public Health in the House Ways & Means Budget" is part of a series of MassBudget briefs analyzing key elements in the budget proposals for FY 2014.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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