Social & Human Services


States are on the front line of human and social service delivery. Significant services provided by states include the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and various programs that include federal block grants to states for an array of social services. In fiscal 2011, it is estimated that total public assistance, including TANF, represented 1.6 percent of total state expenditures. Federally funded human and social service programs have generally received stable but level funding over the past several years. 

Staff Contact: Stacey Mazer

NASBO Publications

  • Highlights include:- In fiscal 2015, total state spending increased at its fastest rate since 1992, primarily due to growth in federal Medicaid funds resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).- Spending from states’ own funds moderately grew in fiscal 2015, while federal funds to states rapidly increased due to the ACA.- Medicaid represented over half of all federal funds to states in fiscal 2015.- State revenue growth accelerated in fiscal 2015, although it was hampered somewhat by the decline in oil prices.
  • 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.