Scott D. Pattison
There were 28 ballot measures in 9 states this year.
Enacted budget summaries show states prioritize K-12 in fiscal 2016.
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.
This report shows that state budgets are expected to continue on a path of stable, moderate growth, with 42 governors recommending spending increases for fiscal 2016. However, progress is slow, and structural issues and long-term spending pressures will require difficult budget choices for many states. States’ spending proposals continue to be cautious as they plan for limited revenue growth.
NASBO in the News
- NASBO: Medicaid Expansion Spurs State Budget Spending to Highest Rate in 23 Years (November 19)
- Medicaid Drives Biggest State Spending Boost in Decades (November 19)
- NASBO: States Budgets Headed for 6th Year of Growth in FY2016 (June 16)
- Recession's Legacy Leaves U.S. State Bonds Muni-Market Laggards (June 16)
- Survey: US States are Planning to Slow Their Spending in 2016 (June 16)
- The Current State of State Budgets (June 16)
- Is slow growth the new normal for state budgets? (December 9)
- State Spending's Slow Growth in 2015 Shows Tepid Budget Recovery (December 9)
- U.S. states' revenue growth picks up but still 'lackluster' - survey (December 9)
- States Across U.S. Seen Reducing Taxes by the Most Since 2001 (December 9)
- NASBO: State Budgets Will Show Moderate Growth, Stability in Fiscal 2015 (December 9)
- State level spending grew last year, thanks largely to Obamacare (November 20)
- U.S. states get more, spend more on Medicaid under Obamacare (November 20)
- NASBO: Total state spending increases rapidly due to federal Medicaid funds (November 20)
- States Plan Slowest Spending Increase Since Recession (June 12)
- State Spending, Growth, Expected to Rise Slightly (June 12)
- U.S. states greet new fiscal year with modest spending growth (June 12)
- Governors Remain Cautious on Spending, Even as Tax Collections Grow (June 12)
- NASBO: State Spending Will Slow in 2015 (June 12)
- Though Revenue Growth is Slowing, States See More Budget Stability, Report Says (December 10)
- State Fiscal Picture Brightens, but Uncertainty Lingers (December 10)
- States Cut Taxes, Increase Spending as Economy Improves (December 10)
- Recession Still Not Totally in Rearview for States (December 10)
- US states expect tiny revenue increase this fiscal year (December 10)
- NASBO: States Improving but Fiscal Rebuilding Remains Slow (December 10)
- State Spending Dips As Stimulus Money Dries Up (November 21)
- NASBO Reports Total State Spending Fell 1.7% in Fiscal 2012 (November 21)
- U.S. States Likely Spent More in Fiscal 2013 as Revenues Rose (November 22)