Ahh. Back after the Christmas and New Year’s break. In this final (for now) reflection on the Governor’s proposed budget, I would like to look at some of the budget internals.
- $561.5 million (37.6%) for Health, Human, and Social Services;
- $451.7 million (30.3%) for Aid to Schools;
- $206.6 million (13.9%) for Higher Education;
- $100.1 million (6.7%) for Corrections;
- $69.1 million, (4.6%) for the Legislature, Unified Judicial System, Public Utilities Commission, and Elected Officials;
- $19.6 million (1.3%) for Agriculture; Environment and Natural Resources; and Game, Fish and Parks
- $83.9 million (5.6%) for the remainder of State Government
Those are some remarkable numbers. Just over 3/8ths of the total is going to support social welfare and related programs. More than 2/5ths is for education; with the balance going to support things which one might claim should actually be the responsibility of the state government.
We could consolidate the above categories further into the following:
- Social Welfare (37.6%)
- Education (44.2%)
- Other (18.2%)
If you could have asked yourself (before reading this post) to rank these categories from largest to smallest, what would you have answered?