Proposed budget cuts in the state could affect child abuse prevention programs in Texas that have been proven effective through research. For this reason, Houston families and Texans who work with at-risk juveniles should be concerned about the consequences of these proposed cuts.
At a time when the Lone Star state is facing a budget shortfall of up to $27 billion in the next two fiscal years, Texas lawmakers are proposing a 32 percent cut to some key child abuse prevention programs. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that local child abuse prevention advocates fear that the number of children abused will increase if funding for prevention programs is cut. Hence, these cuts could end up costing state and city government even more money in future years.