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Appropriations by Type Per $1,000 of Personal Income, Arizona State Government General Fund

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Relative to the size of the Arizona economy, general fund appropriations for health and welfare climbed sharply from the early 1980s to the early 1990s, but have since dropped back. They have fluctuated since fiscal year (FY) 2005. Spending for public safety and corrections increased during the 1980s but has gone down a little since then per $1,000 of personal income. Appropriations for all other noneducation programs held steady relative to the size of the Arizona economy through the mid-1990s but have since dropped. Compared to the peak in FY 2007, general fund appropriations per $1,000 of personal income for these other programs have dropped the most, followed by education. Expenditures for health and welfare and for public safety have decreased by a lesser degree. Over the last 30 years, general fund appropriations relative to personal income rose for health and welfare, barely decreased for protection and safety, but dropped significantly for education and for most other programs.