US: Governors on Both Coasts Face Budget Shortfalls for Serving Children and Families Next Year
Imprint – January 10, 2024
Facing weaker tax revenue and the end of pandemic-era emergency cash infusions from the federal government, state governors’ spending plans for vulnerable children and families in the coming year are appearing to be modest, according to public addresses this week by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and California Gov. Gavin Newsom. At a press conference today, Newsom, a Democrat, called for reduced spending on several key child welfare programs, including housing for young adults in foster care, a hotline designed to de-escalate disruptive incidents involving foster children and public health nurses serving kids in the system.
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