Appropriations Per $1,000 of Personal Income, Arizona State Government General Fund
General fund appropriations through the early 1990s averaged $48 per $1,000 of personal income (alternatively, were equal to approximately 4.8 percent of personal income), but have fallen considerably in Arizona since the early 1990s. The amount appropriated also has become cyclical, despite countercyclical increases in demand for health and social service programs. Despite the ongoing recovery from the recession that lasted from fiscal year (FY) 2008 into FY 2010, appropriations relative to the size of the economy continued to drop through FY 2014 and will barely increase in FY 2015. Compared to the latest cyclical peak in FY 2007, general fund appropriations per $1,000 of personal income in FY 2015 are down 19 percent overall, 24 percent for education, and 14 percent for other purposes. Between fiscal years 1985 and 2015 — similar years in the economic cycle — appropriations fell 26 percent relative to the size of the Arizona economy: appropriations for education fell 43 percent while appropriations for other purposes rose 3 percent.