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

  • State fiscal conditions are continuing to improve into fiscal 2013, although many state budgets are not fully back to prerecession levels. This report finds that governors’ recommended budgets show an overall increase in both general fund expenditures and revenues in fiscal 2013. Fiscal trends indicate that while
  • This report finds that the recent improvement in the national economy has not translated to strong growth in total state spending. This is largely due to the fact that state revenues have not increased as fast as Recovery Act funds have declined, leading to a unique situation in which total state expenditure growth has slowed during the same time that the national economy has been improving.
  • Although state fiscal conditions continue their slow improvement in fiscal 2012, they are likely to remain constrained due to the lack of a strong national economic recovery and the withdrawal of Recovery Act funds. This slow improvement in state finances is highlighted by the 38 states that reported general fund spending growth in 2011 and the 43 states that reported spending growth for 2012. However, 29 states still have lower general fund spending in fiscal 2012 compared to the pre-recession levels of fiscal 2008.

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