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Enacted state budgets for fiscal 2016 represent a sixth consecutive year of spending and revenue growth, according to this report. Forty-three states enacted general fund spending increases for fiscal 2016, helping to bolster core services such as K-12 education and health care. Overall, state fiscal conditions continue to be stable, but growth remains modest and long-term spending pressures continue to increase, often faster than state revenues.
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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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