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

  • The latest edition of NASBO’s State Expenditure Report finds that total state spending in fiscal 2014 is estimated to have grown at its fastest pace since before the recession, largely due to an increase in federal Medicaid funds as a majority of states chose to expand enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Total state spending growth in fiscal 2013 was more modest; however, total state expenditure did return to positive growth following declines in fiscal 2012.
  • State budgets are expected to continue their trend of moderate growth in fiscal 2015 according to governors’ spending proposals. Consistent year-over-year growth has helped states achieve relative budget stability, but progress remains slow for many states. With each passing year of slow improvement, more and more states are moving beyond recession induced declines and returning to spending and revenue growth. According to executive budgets, general fund spending is projected to increase by 2.9 percent in fiscal 2015.

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