Spending Pattern Shows Shifting Pressures

October 21, 2012

The amounts spent per capita on each major expense category by the state and by local governments from 1985 to 2010. The figures for earlier years are expressed in 2010 dollars.

State of Arizona

1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010
Education 518 609 484 502 588 586
Social services 394 634 825 843 1,290 1,598
Transportation 238 513 187 324 222 227
Public safety 132 180 183 220 217 215
Environment and housing 38 57 64 57 113 73
Government administration 82 107 104 106 97 100
Utilities 5 11 8 6 6 5
Employee benefits 216 322 347 312 475 782
Other 158 222 130 189 109 143
Totals 1,781 2,654 2,332 2,560 3,117 3,729

Arizona Local Gov’ts

1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010
Education 1,268 1,455 1,398 1,469 1,549 1,552
Social services 204 245 263 249 303 240
Transportation 331 367 213 253 304 271
Public safety 309 369 351 494 523 593
Environment and housing 389 475 353 397 426 479
Government administration 204 235 228 269 292 272
Utilities 797 764 610 653 751 772
Employee benefits 11 17 20 23 23 38
Other 397 467 373 367 358 403
Totals 3,910 4,394 3,809 4,174 4,528 4,620

Arizona Totals

1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010
Education 1,786 2,064 1,882 1,971 2,136 2,138
Social services 597 879 1,088 1,092 1,593 1,837
Transportation 569 879 399 578 526 498
Public safety 441 549 535 715 740 808
Environment and housing 427 532 417 454 539 552
Government administration 286 342 332 376 388 372
Utilities 802 775 618 660 757 777
Employee benefits 227 338 367 335 498 821
Other 556 689 503 555 467 545
Totals 5,691 7,048 6,141 6,735 7,645 8,349

Source: http://www.census.gov/govs/estimate/

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