By Mike Masson
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer
LANSING — Recent federal spending cuts are putting children on the proverbial backburner.
According to a recent report published by The Urban Institute, “between 2013 and 2024, spending on the child tax credit is projected to decline by more than $10 billion, or 20 percent.” The Urban Institute is a research group dedicated to creating reports on economics and finance.
The departments to be most affected by the cuts are K-12 education and nutrition services. The projections show that education will lose about $5 billion in federal funding over the next 11 years. As for nutrition services, that area will lose about $6 billion throughout the same time span.
In a world where children’s futures are such a hot topic, seeing cuts in these two departments does not bode well for their well-being. Education and nutrition are such important factors to any human’s growth, and having less funds dedicated to the cause could create a negative effect or impact.
One might begin to wonder how that could affect the children who are going through local schools. Public schools are already relying on federal money for their budget. According to the Lansing School District’s current budget, they receive 16 percent of their budget from federal sources. Now that there are cuts to the federal budget, schools will be losing some of that money previously received.
A number of Lansing School District members declined to comment when asked about what they can do when faced with these future challenges.
In addition to future cuts, total budget has already been on the decline for Lansing Schools over the last few years. Taking this into account, the district is already having to come up with creative solutions to manage and spend their budget. Although with the cuts being spread out over a long period of time, it may be somewhat easier to make the necessary changes.