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Published in Print: January 7, 2004, as Budget Trends

Budget Trends

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States have been able to raise overall spending only by small amounts, on average, over the past two fiscal years. Here are the percentages of change:

State Fiscal 2004 Fiscal 2003
Oregon 41.3% -32.1%
Nevada 13.9 7.8
Wyoming 12.3 -3.9
Indiana 10.6 5.9
West Virginia 10.0 4.1
Kansas 9.6 -7.4
Arkansas 8.5 2.1
Missouri 6.7 -1.2
North Carolina 6.6 0.8
Ohio 6.0 4.7
Delaware 5.5 0.0
Arizona 4.8 -5.1
Idaho 4.1 -2.7
Illinois 3.7 -3.7
Kentucky 3.4 1.4
North Dakota 3.4 -0.8
Rhode Island 3.1 1.8
Florida 2.7 8.0
Tennessee 2.7 6.8
Connecticut 2.6 1.7
New York 2.6 -4.1
South Dakota 2.6 4.0
New Jersey 2.5 4.2
Mississippi 2.3 -2.0
Utah 2.1 -5.7
New Mexico 1.5 0.1
Nebraska 1.4 0.8
Montana 1.3 -5.6
Virginia 1.3 0.6
Oklahoma 0.9 -7.2
Iowa 0.7 -1.3
Vermont 0.7 2.0
Maine 0.6 -1.0
Hawaii 0.5 4.1
Minnesota 0.0 9.8
Washington 0.0 1.4
Massachusetts -0.2 -1.8
South Carolina -1.0 -3.4
Louisiana -1.1 2.0
Alabama -1.5 3.5
Georgia -1.5 8.7
Maryland -1.5 -2.5
New Hampshire -2.5 13.9
Wisconsin -3.8 -2.0
Colorado -4.5 -11.5
Michigan -4.6 -3.3
Texas -5.3 1.7
Alaska -7.0 3.3
California -9.0 1.8
Pennsylvania NA 1.4
Average 0.2% 0.6%

Notes: Fiscal 2003 reflects changes from fiscal 2002 expenses (actual) to fiscal 2003 expenditures (preliminary actual). Fiscal 2004 reflects changes from fiscal 2003 expenditures (preliminary actual) to fiscal 2004 expenditures (appropriated).

SOURCE: National Governors Association/National Association of State Budget Officers, "The Fiscal Survey of the States."

Vol. 23, Issue 16, Page 24

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