Where the Money Goes: State-by-State General Expenditures by Function

Source: Jennifer Burnett, Council of State Governments, Fiscal Brief, August 2012

From the summary:
State government general expenditures totaled $1.59 trillion in 2010, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2009.1 When adjusted for inflation, however, the increase from 2009 to 2010 is less than one-half of a percent. On a per capita basis, state general expenditures in 2010 were $5,150, little changed from 2009 when per capita spending was $5,068. When per capita spending is adjusted for inflation, expenditures actually decreased from 2009 to 2010 by 0.4 percent.

Collectively, nearly 73 percent of state general expenditures go to three major categories by function: education, public welfare, public health and hospitals, with education and public welfare making up nearly 65 percent of spending in 2010. The next three largest areas for spending were health and hospitals (7.8 percent), highways (7 percent) and governmental administration (3.4 percent).
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