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Be Careful What You Cut

Cutting children from the budget now will cost us later. This campaign is about bringing the real dangers of cutting child investments into sharp focus to build the public will and make the economic case to protect children from budget cuts. It’s a simple calculation, really. Protect now or pay later.

  • Why cuts to Early Education cost us all

    When it comes to fixing the deficit, be careful what you cut. Eliminating early education investments now would increase his chances of going to prison later by up to 39 percent. And paying for that prison will cost us nearly three times more a year than it would have cost to provide him with a quality early learning experience.

  • Why cuts to Health
    & Food Benefits Cost us all

    When it comes to fixing the deficit, be careful what you cut. Cutting just $4,000 of Medicaid and food stamps from a girl in a low-income family negatively impacts her health and nutrition in the future. This can lead to poor performance in school, which increases her chances of getting pregnant as a teenager. And paying for teen pregnancies costs the rest of us $10 billion a year.

  • Why cuts to Tax Credits cost us all

    When it comes to fixing the deficit, be careful what you cut. Eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit now would increase child poverty by 23 percent in the future. And since poor children are more likely to drop out of high school, they are less likely to find steady work as adults. Not to mention that paying for each year of high school dropouts costs us more than $125 billion over the course of their lifetimes.