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Although each state executes its budget process differently, the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) breaks down state expenditures into four general categories. This allows for comparisons among the 50 states. NASBO's categories are as follows:[1]

  • General fund: "The predominant fund for financing a state’s operations. Revenues are received from broad-based state taxes. However, there are differences in how specific functions are financed from state to state."[1]
  • Other funds: "Expenditures from revenue sources that are restricted by law for particular governmental functions or activities. For example, a gasoline tax dedicated to a highway trust fund would appear in the “Other funds” column. For Medicaid, other state funds include provider taxes, fees, donations, assessments, and local funds."[1]
  • Federal funds: "Funds received directly from the federal government."[1]
  • Bonds: "Expenditures from the sale of bonds, generally for capital projects."[1]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 National Association of State Budget Officers "State Expenditure Report, 2011-2013," accessed February 21, 2014