Expenditures by Type Per $1,000 of Personal Income, Arizona State and Local Governments
Education is the largest category of state and local government spending. Education expenditures fell during the mid-1990s relative to the size of the economy. They have been largely flat since then — though the figure reached its lowest point in fiscal year (FY) 2012 — despite decreases in funding from the state government general fund. Increases in funding from other sources, including the property tax and university tuition, have offset the decrease from the general fund.
The second largest category is social services. Spending has been erratic; the figure dropped back in FY 2012 from unusually high levels. In the public safety category, spending has been relatively steady. In the other categories, expenditures relative to personal income reached unusually low levels in FY 2012.