Thursday, October 14, 2004

State Medicaid expenditures eclipse education.

According to the 2003 State Expenditure Report of the National Association of State Budget Officers, state Medicaid expenditures exceed those for education, for the first time ever:
Total Medicaid spending in fiscal 2003 excluding administrative costs was $243.6 billion, or 8 percent more than fiscal 2002. Based on those amounts, Medicaid accounted for 21.4 percent of total state spending in fiscal 2003. [p. 46]

Elementary and secondary education is the largest functional category of state spending—21.7 percent of the total—amounting to $247 billion in fiscal 2003. Total elementary and secondary education spending increased by 6.4 percent between fiscal 2002 and 2003, and accounts for 35.1 percent of state general fund
spending. [p. 15]
In fiscal 2004, Medicaid expenditures are expected to hit 21.9% of state totals [p. 50], compared to 21.5% for primary and secondary education [p.17].
posted by Tom Mayo, 8:51 PM

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