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The Most Unkindest Cut of All? State Spending on Health, Education, and Welfare During Recessions

Vivian Ho

The Most Unkindest Cut of All? State Spending on Health, Education, and Welfare During Recessions.

By Richard T. Boylan and Vivian Ho

The dramatic deterioration in state finances during the Great Recession raised concerns regarding government’s ability to support community health and education. In this study published in the National Tax Journal, the authors find that state revenue declines lead to short and long terms cuts in children’s Medicaid benefits, and declines in elderly Medicaid enrollment, and that larger cuts (nominal and proportional) in education spending versus Medicaid occurred: http://bit.ly/2sZGE3U.