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Appropriations and Authorized Spending Per $1,000 of Personal Income, Arizona State Government

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General fund appropriations per $1,000 of personal income rise and fall cyclically but have trended down since the early 1990s. The fiscal year (FY) 2016 figure of $33.47 is the lowest on record and is 34 percent less than the FY 1992 peak and 24 percent less than the value in FY 2008, at the beginning of the last recession. In contrast, appropriations from other than the general fund relative to personal income increased from between $5 and $7 between FYs 1989 and 1994 to as high as $13, but the FY 2016 value was down to $12.03. The value was 9 percent higher than in FY 2008. Since the general fund accounts for the majority of the appropriations, total appropriations also have trended down, with the FY 2016 value of $45.50 18 percent lower than in FY 2008.

A considerable amount of total authorized spending that is not appropriated, most of which consists of federal funds provided for specific purposes. Since FY 2003, not appropriated monies have ranged widely from $61 to $82 per $1,000 of personal income. While the figure does not display a trend, the FY 2016 figure of $69.53 was 12 percent higher than the FY 2008 figure. Total authorized spending, which includes appropriations from all funds plus not-appropriated monies, has ranged between $114 and $132 per $1,000 of personal income since FY 2003. The FY 2016 value of $115.03 is 2 percent lower than the FY 2008 figure.