Spending on Social Welfare Programs in Rich and Poor States. Final Report.. B. Recent State Spending Patterns and State Fiscal Crises

07/01/2004

Although we have no Census data after 2000, we can draw from the site visits and administrative spending data on selected programs to determine whether these six poor states continued or departed from prior trends and differences. Subsection IVB examines recent changes in spending among the six states and finds, for the most part, that the state trends and differences noted in the Census data through FY 2000 continued with some modifications after that year. Before we trace those spending changes, however, we must put them into context by briefly discussing the most important change in the recent fiscal environment, the state fiscal crises and especially the revenue shortfalls of 2001 and thereafter.

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