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

  • Most state budgets continue to grow at a moderate pace after several years of slow recovery following the Great Recession. For the first time, estimated state general fund spending and revenues in fiscal 2016 surpassed their fiscal 2008, pre-recession peak levels after adjusting for inflation. However, the progress has been uneven across states and long-term spending pressures remain in areas such as health care, education, pensions, and infrastructure. Watch webinar for an overview of the report.
  • 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. Watch Webinar for an Overview of the Report
  • 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.

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