With the job market still weak and higher education growing more expensive, young people in Massachusetts today face some significant challenges. The Youth Empowerment programs that we fund through our state budget help young people find jobs, break from cycles of violence, and build careers.
Our new brief, “Cuts to Youth Empowerment Programs in the HWM Budget,” looks at funding for these Youth Empowerment programs and finds that:
- Whereas the Governor’s budget would increase support for these programs that help young people build a strong future for themselves, the House Ways & Means proposal includes significant funding cuts.
- The level of support envisioned by the House Ways & Means plan is 50% below the current funding level.
MassBudget’s Children’s Budget provides a detailed description of each of the affected programs, along with funding information. “Cuts to Youth Empowerment Programs in the HWM Budget” is part of a series of MassBudget briefs analyzing key elements in the budget proposals for FY 2014.