Applying an equity lens to budget cuts to reduce impact on vulnerable communities

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Budget cuts are one of many often unavoidable responses to fiscal crises. While the conventional approach tends to be “across-the-board” spending cuts, this method has the potential to disproportionately impact a city’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations. This What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity & Recovery resource was developed in collaboration with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the City of Toledo. The resource explores how cities can adopt a more nuanced view to budget cuts in order to reduce the impact on disadvantaged parts of the community.