PENNSYLVANIA — Yesterday, Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported on the historic investment the Biden administration is making in American children. The report details investments such as the Administration’s expansion of the Child Tax Credit, which will provide direct payments to families and will benefit an estimated 66 million children. As well as Biden’s proposals to increase key child care funding, plans to boost spending for community schools to $443 million and two years of free community college for all Americans.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Childcare, immigration, schools and more: 6 ways the Biden Budget helps American children
Presidential budgets are aspirational documents. And the $6 trillion spending blueprint that President Joe Biden’s White House unveiled late last month is no exception. In its current form, Biden’s proposed federal budget spends the most since World War II, as the administration looks to completely reinvent the post-pandemic American economy.
The broad outlines of Biden’s spending proposal, which dedicates trillions of dollars in new spending to infrastructure, as well as education and climate change, already are well-known. So we’re going to take a more micro look this Monday morning at how the fiscal blueprint impacts hundreds of millions of children nationwide, including right here in Pennsylvania.
Writing in the New York Times last month, columnist Paul Krugman observed that the “radical modesty” of Biden’s spending document marked a profound shift in priorities from the former White House, which prioritized the wealthiest Americans, despite its outwardly populist posturing.
“ … While government policies rarely have major effects on the economy’s overall growth rate, they can have huge effects on the quality of people’s lives,” Krugman writes, highlighting the shift in priorities. “Governments can, for example, ensure that their citizens have access to affordable health care; they can drastically reduce the number of children whose lives are scarred by poverty. The Biden plan would take big steps on these and other fronts.”
And after the heartlessness of the previous regime, any step, no matter how large or small, is welcome.