New York state budget
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|New York state budget|
|State Credit Rating:||AA (as of May 2012)|
|Current Governor:||Andrew Cuomo|
|GF expenses:||$59 billion|
|All funds expenses:||$133 billion (FY 2013 estimate)|
|Spending % Change:||4.24%|
|% from Federal Funding:||32.78%|
|Per Capita State Debt:||$19,799|
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- 1 Budget process
- 2 Expenditures
- 3 Revenues
- 4 State budgets by year
- 5 Historical spending
- 6 State debt
- 7 Federal aid to state budget
- 8 Budget transparency
- 9 Accounting principles
- 10 Contact information
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
- A summary of the budget drafting process
- Trends in expenditures and revenues
- Current and past fiscal year budget developments
- Financial transparency measures
Between fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2013, New York's total expenditures increased by approximately $4 billion, from $129 billion in 2009 to $133 billion in 2013. This represents a three percent increase, below the cumulative rate of inflation during the same period (9.06 percent, calculated using the Consumer Price Indices for January 2009 and January 2013).
- Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in July or August.
- State agencies submit budget requests in September.
- Agency hearings are held in October and November.
- The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the New York State Legislature on or before the second Tuesday following the first day of the annual meeting of the legislature, which typically falls in mid-January.
- The legislature adopts a budget in March. A simply majority is needed to pass a budget.
- The fiscal year begins in April.
The governor is constitutionally required to submit a balanced budget. In turn, the legislature is required by statute to pass a balanced budget.
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:
- 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."
- 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."
- Federal funds: "Funds received directly from the federal government."
- Bonds: "Expenditures from the sale of bonds, generally for capital projects."
The table below breaks down expenditures for fiscal year 2013 (comparable figures from surrounding states are provided to give additional context). Figures for all columns except "Per capita expenditures" are rendered in millions of dollars (for example, $2,448 translates to $2,448,000,000). Figures in the column labeled "Per capita expenditures" have not been abbreviated.
|Total state expenditures, FY 2013 ($ in millions)|
|State||General fund||Federal funds||Other funds||Bonds||Total||Per capita expenditures**|
| **Per capita figures are calculated by taking the state's total expenditures and dividing by the number of state residents according to United States Census estimates.|
Source: National Association of State Budget Officers
Expenditures by function
State expenditures in New York can be further broken down by function (elementary and secondary education, public assistance, etc.). Fiscal year 2012 data is included in the table below (information from neighboring states is provided for additional context). Figures are rendered as percents, indicating the share of the total budget spent per category.
|Expenditures by function, FY 2012 (as percents)|
|State||Elementary and secondary ed.||Higher ed.||Public assistance||Medicaid||Corrections||Transportation||Other|
|Source: National Association of State Budget Officers|
From 2008 to 2012, expenditures on elementary and secondary education, public assistance and corrections decreased, with corrections expenditures decreasing the most at 0.6 percentage points, a 20.7 percent decrease in the share of the budget. During that same time period, expenditures on higher education, Medicaid and transportation increased, with Medicaid increasing the most at 2.7 percentage points, a 10.7 percent increase in the share of the budget since FY 2008. The table below details changes in expenditures from 2008 to 2012. Figures are rendered as percents, indicating the share of the total budget spent per category.
|Expenditures from 2008 to 2012 (as percents)|
|Year||Elementary and secondary ed.||Higher ed.||Public assistance||Medicaid||Corrections||Transportation||Other|
|Change in %||-1.10%||0.50%||-0.30%||2.70%||-0.60%||0.60%||-1.80%|
|Source: National Association of State Budget Officers|
The table below breaks down general fund revenues by source in fiscal year 2013 (comparable figures from surrounding states are also provided to give additional context). Figures for all columns except "Per capita revenue" are rendered in millions of dollars (for example, $2,448 translates to $2,448,000,000). Figures in the column labeled "Per capita revenue" have not been abbreviated.
|Revenue sources in the general fund, FY 2013 ($ in millions)|
|State||Sales tax||Personal income tax||Corporate income tax||Gaming tax||Other taxes and fees||Total||Per capita revenue**|
| **Per capita figures are calculated by taking the state's total revenues and dividing by the number of state residents according to United States Census estimates for 2013.|
Source: National Association of State Budget Officers
The table below details the change in revenue sources in the general fund from 2009 to 2013. Figures for all columns except "Per capita revenue" are rendered in millions of dollars (for example, $2,448 translates to $2,448,000,000). Figures in the column labeled "Per capita revenue" have not been abbreviated.
|Revenue sources in the general fund, New York ($ in millions)|
|Year||Sales tax||Personal income tax||Corporate income tax||Gaming tax||Other taxes and fees||Total||Per capita revenue**|
|Change in %||9.38%||9.19%||12.54%||-18.18%||-2.38%||9.03%||8.42%|
| **Per capita figures are calculated by taking the state's total revenues and dividing by the number of state residents according to United States Census estimates.|
Source: National Association of State Budget Officers
State budgets by year
See budget bill: 2014 Enacted Budget Financial Plan
Fiscal year 2014
The governor's proposed $142.6 billion budget was a 5.3 percent increase over the FY 2013 budget, including federal funds for recovery from Hurricane Sandy and the enactment of the federal health care law. Without that federal money, the increase in state operating funds would be 1.6 percent.
The enacted budget was comprised of a number of budget bills. Gov. Cuomo exercised a number of line item vetoes and vetoes of appropriations before signing the bills into law. The budget included $61.2 billion for the General Fund, an increase of 3.73 percent from FY 2013.
Fiscal year 2013
- See also: New York state budget (2012-2013)
Fiscal year 2012
- See also: New York state budget (2011-2012)
Fiscal year 2011
- See also: New York state budget (2010-2011)
Fiscal year 2010
- See also: New York state budget (2009-2010)
State budget historical spending below was compiled by the National Association of State Budget Officers. Figures reflect the reported "Total Expenditures" in Table 1. Figures for all columns are rendered in millions of dollars (for example, $2,448 translates to $2,448,000,000).
|Historical state budget spending in New York ($ in millions)|
|Fiscal year||General Fund||Other funds||Federal funds||Bonds||Budget totals|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
|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.|
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.
Federal funds: Funds received directly from the federal government.
Bonds: Expenditures from the sale of bonds, generally for capital projects.
According to a January 2014 report by the nonprofit organization State Budget Solutions, New York had a state debt of over $387 billion. Its state debt per capita was $19,799. The report revealed that state governments faced a combined $5.1 trillion in debt, 33 percent of annual gross state product. The obligation amounts to $16,178 per capita in the nation. A bulk of the state debt -- 79 percent -- was linked to unfunded public pensions.
|Total state debt in New York|
|Total state debt||$387,465,667,000||2|
|Per capita debt||$19,799||6|
|State and other fund expenditures||$89,332,000,000||23|
A 2012 report from the Pew Center on the States noted that New York's pension system was funded at 94 percent at the close of fiscal year 2010, well above the 80 precent funding level experts recommend. Consequently, Pew designated the state's pension system as a "solid performer."
The funding ratio for the state's pension system decreased from 105.24 percent in fiscal year 2007 to 88.21 percent in fiscal year 2012, a drop of 17.03 percentage points, or 16.18 percent. Likewise, unfunded liabilities increased from a surplus of over $11 billion in fiscal year 2007 to more than $30 billion in fiscal year 2012.
States sometimes sell general obligation bonds to investors in order to finance large-scale undertakings (e.g., road construction and other public works projects). Credit rating agencies, such as Standard and Poor's, assign grades to states, evaluating their ability to pay the principal and interest on such bonds. Standard and Poor's grades range from AAA, the highest available, to BBB, the lowest. Generally speaking, a higher credit rating indicates lower risk for an investor, which in turn lowers costs for taxpayers.
The table below lists the Standard and Poor's credit rating for New York from 2001 to 2012 (grades from surrounding states are provided for additional context).
|S&P credit ratings from 2001 to 2012|
|New York||Delaware||Maryland||New Jersey||Pennsylvania|
Federal aid to state budget
- See also: Federal aid to budgets in the 50 states
The chart below notes how much of the state’s general revenues come from the federal government. Figures were calculated by dividing each state’s federal intergovernmental revenue into its general revenue. The number in the rightmost column indicates the state's ranking in relation to the rest of the nation (e.g., if "1," the state receives the highest percentage of federal funding in the nation). Figures from neighboring states are included to provide additional context.
State governments receive aid from the federal government to fund a variety of joint programs, such as Medicaid. Federal aid varies considerably from state to state. For example, Mississippi received approximately $7.7 billion in federal aid in 2012, which accounted for more than 45 percent of the state's general revenues. By contrast, Alaska received roughly $2.9 billion in federal aid in 2012, just under 20 percent of the state's general revenues.
|Federal aid to state budgets in 2012|
|State||Federal aid as % of general revenue||Total federal aid (in millions)||National rank|
According to Recovery.gov, the official government website for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, New York received $14.90 billion in federal stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act between February 2009 and June 2013.
|Open Book New York||Project Sunlight|
|Line item expenditures|
|Public employee salaries|
|Last evaluated in 2010.|
- Open Book New York was created by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
- Project Sunlight was created by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
- See Through NY was created by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.
Limitations and Suggestions for Improvements
Public employee salaries should be placed online, as should specific spending details and line-item expenditures.
Multi-measure budget transparency profile
The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois created a multi-measure transparency profile for New York, which measured state transparency as of September 2011 using indicators from a range of organizations. These indicators measured both website transparency and other recognized facets of governmental transparency. In addition, IGPA presented four unique indicators of non-transparency based on the observation that transfers or reassignments between general and special funds can obscure the true fiscal condition of a state.
IGPA devised a budget transparency index based on information available from the National Association of State Budget Officers. New York tied for fourth in the nation with two other states, earning seven out of eight possible points.
|New York - IGPA score for budget process, contents and disclosure|
|Budget transparency indicator||Yes or no?|
|"Generally Accepted Accounting Principles" budget|
|Binding revenue forecast|
|Legislative revenue forecast|
|Constitution or statutory tax/spend limitations|
In addition to the individual state profile, IGPA offers a 50-state comparison and profiles for other states.
U.S. PIRG "Following the Money" report
- See also: Following the Money 2014 Report
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending. According to the report, New York received a grade of B+ and a numerical score of 88, indicating that New York was an "advancing" state in terms of transparency regarding state spending.
The New York Comptroller audits state agencies, public authorities, and all local governments in New York, including New York City. The comptroller's reports are published online and can be found here. The State Comptroller is New York State's chief fiscal officer.
The Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA) rates New York “tardy” in filing the state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) – the annual report of state and local governmental entities. IFTA rated 22 states timely, 22 states tardy, and six states as worst. IFTA did not consider New York's CAFRs, and those of the other states, to be accurate representations of the state’s financial condition because the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis did not include significant liabilities for the pension plans and for other post employment benefits, such as health care. New York's CAFRs are prepared and published online by the New York Comptroller.
New York Division of the Budget
200 Davis Ave
Waterford, NY 12188
Phone: (518) 237-0613
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- Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
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- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "Policy Basics: The ABCs of State Budgets," February 7, 2013
- Refers to General Fund spending. Typically in state budgets the General Fund is spending that is most directly controlled by state legislators.
- This figure is derived by calculating the percent difference between the prior two years' spending levels according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, "CPI Detailed Report Data for February 2014," accessed April 9, 2014
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