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Most state budgets continue to grow at a moderate pace after several years of slow recovery following the Great Recession. For the first time, estimated state general fund spending and revenues in fiscal 2016 surpassed their fiscal 2008, pre-recession peak levels after adjusting for inflation. However, the progress has been uneven across states and long-term spending pressures remain in areas such as health care, education, pensions, and infrastructure.  
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This annual report examines spending in the functional areas of state budgets: elementary and secondary education, higher education, public assistance, Medicaid, corrections, transportation, and all other. It also includes data on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and on revenue sources in state general funds.
This report compiles state-by-state comparative information on state budgeting practices, organized into six sections: Budget Timeline & Participants; Requirements, Authorities & Limitations; Budget Approach, Procedures & Tools; The Budget Document; Monitoring the Budget; and Performance Management & Spending Transparency.

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