Passing responsibilities down to lower levels of government should be undertaken primarily to place services closer to the people being served and to maximize administrative
Food and nutrition programs should have adequate funding to engage in robust outreach efforts.
When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
Federal policymakers should develop a comprehensive system for financing Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) that includes a new social insurance program to provide a bas
The cost of a new social insurance LTSS program should be paid for with premiums, individual contributions through cost-sharing requirements, and general revenues.
Efforts to balance the budget or address shortfalls should remain the purview of the legislative branch.
Policymakers should provide for transparency and honesty in the budget process.
Policies and regulations should prioritize placing children in foster care with grandparents and other caregiver relatives whenever possible and appropriate.