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

  • 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.
  • This report shows that state fiscal conditions are moderately improving in fiscal 2015 as the economic recovery enters its sixth year. Consistent annual growth in the economy, while not as robust as many would like, is leading most states back to budget growth. States have replenished some spending for areas cut back during the recession, such as K-12 education and higher education. In addition to bolstering state spending, economic growth has produced higher revenue collections.

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