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By State Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville

HERE'S WHERE EVERY PENNY OF THE BUDGET INCREASES WENT

Last week, I mentioned those who claim state spending has increased billions of dollars as the state budget has increased over the years. They say this to infer that somehow spending has been out of control or it must have been for there to have been these increases.

BUDGET INCREASES SINCE 2010

Of course, 2010 was in the middle of the Great Recession and the state funds budget dropped to a low of $17 billion as budget writers reduced state spending to meet the dramatic decline in state revenues. Some $3.2 billion in Federal funds delayed some cuts until 2012 but even then the budget was less than before the recession.

State Funds Budgets- As Passed

2009

$ 18,903,699,531

2010

$  17,074,653,179

2011

$  18,063,622,184

2012

$  18,503,799,022

2013

$  19,325,217,673

2014

$  20,234,238,575

2015

$  21,112,906,096

2016

$  23,065,473,796

2017

$  24,345,494,024

2018

$  25,413,015,092

2019

$  26,933,425,042

2020

$  27,544,569,129

WHERE DID THE NEW SPENDING EACH YEAR GO?

The staff of the Senate Budget and Evaluation Office went through budgets dating back to 2010 and analyzed where all of the increased spending each year went and categorized the expenditures. First, though, here are the categories of the areas where new expenditures are divided:

Non-Discretionary Spending

$ 11.157

Billion

(Entitlements, based on formulas)

Reductions

$ -8.082

Billion

(Cuts during recession)

Discretionary Spending

$  3.727  

Billion

Other/State Funds

$         2.4  

Million

ARRA (Federal Emergency

Funds)Net of spending cuts

$    -784.5

Million

(Federal funds totaled $3.2 Billion)

Bonds

$      -43.2

Million

TOTAL

$ 8.373

Billion

HOW DOES THAT SPENDING BREAK DOWN....WHAT WAS IT SPENT ON?

DISCRETIONARY ADDS...TOTAL OF ALL 11 YEARS

PreK-12 (Discretionary Adds)

$1.01

Billion

Merit Pay

$   501.3  

Million

Natural Resources, Economic Development, Transportation (Discretionary Adds)

$   467.2  

Million

Provider Rates, CoPays and Private

Disproportionate Share Adds

$   422.3  

Million

Health & Human Services (Discretionary Adds)

$   465.4  

Million

General Government (Discretionary Adds)  

$    98.4    

Million

Higher Education (Discretionary Adds)

$   259.3  

Million

Law Enforcement Pay

$   128.7  

Million

Prisons, Courts, Public Safety (Discretionary Adds)

$   245.2  

Million

Teacher Pay Annualize

$     60.3    

Million

Judicial Pay

$       2.3      

Million

Nurse Pay

$     13.1    

Million

Revenue Compliance (Discretionary Adds)

$     52.2      

Million

TOTAL

$3.727  

Billion


 NON-DISCRETIONARY ADDS

K-12 Needs

$2.728  

Billion

Medicaid Deficits, Growth, FMAP Needs    

$2.730  

Billion

Higher Education Needs

$   890.5  

Million

Mental Health

(Hospitals, DOJ Agreement) Needs

$   441.5  

Million

Corrections Needs

$   219.6  

Million

Human Service Needs

$   340.8  

Million

Juvenile Justice Needs

$    53.8    

Million

Other Non-Discretionary Needs

$  617.6  

Million

Tenet Replace

$    92.3    

Million

Other  

$      2.9      

Million

Non Discretion: Employee Benefits/Operations           

Retirement Needs

$   1.319  

Billion

SHBP/Regents Health Needs

$      286.7

Million

Administrative or Other Benefits Needs

$      112.9

Million

Cyber

$          1.6      

Million

Rent

$       45,137

Thousand

TOTAL

$   1.723

Billion

Other State Funds (Lottery, Motor Fuel, Mortgage)

$   2.400

Billion

                                                                                                           

THE BOTTOM LINE

The final result is that of the net $8.3 Billion in new spending, the largest items of spending are Medicaid Deficits and Growth, $2.73 billion, and Education adds including PreK-12, $1.01 Billion, and K-12 needs, $2.728 Billion. Additionally Retirement obligations total $1.319 Billion. Just those four items above total $7.787 Billion of the increased spending.

The increase of $8.3 billion over 11 years represents only 2.6% of total spending. That's certainly not excessive in a period where the state grew at least 831,822 in population.

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