Texas Budget Source
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Texas Budget Source is a project by the Texas Public Policy Foundation that will expose local and state government spending in order to further the ideal of a transparent government. The project was released in July of 2008. The project will include analysis and information of the state budget passed by the Texas Legislature, to links to an online library of resources, to information on your local government and school district spending and budgets.
The site lists the following as its fast facts:
- State funding for public K-12 education increased by roughly $13 billion in the 2008-2009 state budget.
- Texas spent $4.5 billion on Medicaid in 1988-89. This biennium, Medicaid spending will approach $40 billion.
- Health and human services spending accounts for approximately 1/3 of the entire state budget.
- Had Texas' government been able to restrain growth to only population and inflation between FY 1990 and 2007, over $320 billion could have remained in taxpayer pockets.
- For the 2008-09 biennium, total state spending is set to exceed $167 billion - more than $75 billion in excess of what the state’s budget would have been if growth were limited to inflation and population only.
- The total cost of state government grew by almost $1,700 per capita since 1988-89, and by more than $600 in the last ten years.