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
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:
HOW DOES THAT SPENDING BREAK DOWN....WHAT WAS IT SPENT ON?
DISCRETIONARY ADDS...TOTAL OF ALL 11 YEARS
Non Discretion: Employee Benefits/Operations
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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