The Alaska Citizen's Guide to the Budget


1.1.1 Operations

The operating appropriation for FY 2002 was $4.606 billion. Here we look in detail at the operating budget—including some debt service that is separately reported in the budget summary, but excluding some items reported in a special "statewide" category: non-debt fund capitalization, supplemental appropriations, and new legislation. (This detail includes duplicated appropriations.)

We can look at where the money was spent in several ways: by department, function, program, fund source, target population, object, appropriation bill, etc.

Here first is a breakdown of appropriations by department, also showing the funding source for the department.

Operating Expenditures by Department, 2002
($000)

Agency Total Expenditures General Fund Federal Special Funds
Health & Social Services $1,196,800 $473,435 $618,839 $104,569
Education & Early Dev 948,711 733,444 161,731 53,536
University of Alaska 548,265 195,500 94,116 258,649
Transportation & Public Fac 327,437 97,555 1,716 228,166
Administration 284,812 156,940 9,404 118,467
Corrections 175,724 147,324 8,519 19,882
Revenue 169,702 11,952 36,027 121,723
Community & Economic Dev 148,973 42,905 21,039 84,987
Fish and Game 127,948 30,907 43,220 53,820
Labor & Workforce Dev 119,120 12,228 82,938 23,953
Public Safety 102,738 75,762 11,020 15,957
Natural Resources 72,753 37,816 13,215 21,722
Alaska Court System 51,778 50,924 516 338
Environmental Conservation 50,956 13,039 16,224 21,693
Law 45,426 25,474 480 19,472
Legislature 37,640 37,278 0 362
Military & Veterans Affairs 30,079 8,506 16,883 4,691
Governor 19,997 16,484 3,513 0
Subtotal: $4,458,857 $2,167,471 $1,139,400 $1,151,986
Debt Service & Specials* $189,398 $83,072 $9,000 $97,326
TOTAL: $4,648,255 $2,250,543 $1,148,400 $1,249,312

*Not a department but part of the operating budget.

Source: Legislative Finance, Alaska 2002 "Enacted' Budget, Excel spreadsheet.

 

Spending by department doesn't really tell us what state government is doing, so here is a breakdown of the largest "Budget Request Units" (BRU), which sometimes are a single program and other times are the aggregate of several closely related programs. Only the BRU's over $25 million are shown here. The smaller BRU's can be seen here.

Operating Expenditures >$25 million by Source, 2002
($000)

Agency "BRU" Description Total General Fund Federal Special Funds
Education K-12 Support Foundation Program $677,390 $644,786 $20,791 $11,813
Health & Social Services Medical Assistance Medicaid Services 561,597 155,907 382,668 23,022
University of Alaska Univ of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks Campus 155,372 63,490 9,366 82,516
University of Alaska Univ of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage Campus 141,772 56,415 14,635 70,722
University of Alaska Univ of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks Organized Research 95,936 11,233 41,056 43,646
Transportation Marine Highway System Southeast Vessel Operations 57,497 0 0 57,497
Education Teaching and Learning Support Special & Supplemental Service 56,532 125 56,097 310
Health & Social Services Public Assistance Adult Public Assistance 53,486 49,230 734 3,522
Admin Longevity Bonus Longevity Bonus Grants 52,559 52,559 0 0
Education Pupil Transportation Pupil Transportation 50,564 50,564 0 0
Health & Social Services Public Assistance AK Temporary Assistance Prog (ATAP) 50,116 27,542 18,137 4,438
Revenue PFC Custody and Management Fee Permanent Fund Corp. Custody and Mgt Fees 47,586 0 0 47,586
Court System Alaska Court System Trial Courts 40,331 39,477 516 338
Transportation Highways and Aviation Northern Highways & Aviation 37,825 36,803 462 561
Revenue Alaska Housing Finance Corp Operations 37,503 0 20,219 17,285
Education Teaching and Learning Support Quality Schools 36,525 4,592 31,933 0
Education Early Development Child Care Assistance & Licens 35,825 5,177 16,150 14,498
University of Alaska University of Alaska Systemwide Reduction/Additions 34,508 11,363 20,946 2,199
Administration Alaska Longevity Programs Mgmt Pioneers Homes 34,464 21,869 0 12,594
Public Safety Alaska State Trooper Detachmen AST Detachments 34,214 33,645 30 539
University of Alaska Statewide Programs & Services Statewide Services 34,159 8,959 2,006 23,194
Revenue Revenue Operations AK State Pension Investment Board (ASPIB) Custody and Mgt Fee 33,714 0 0 33,714
Administration Leases Except Anchorage DMV Leases 33,112 22,684 0 10,428
Health & Social Services Public Assistance Admin Child Care Benefits 33,102 3,000 30,102 0
Transportation Highways and Aviation Central Highways and Aviation 30,364 27,485 1,173 1,706
Labor Employment Security Job Training Programs 30,292 537 22,451 7,304
Education Early Development Child Nutrition 28,037 47 27,991 0
Health & Social Services Public Assistance Admin Public Assistance Field Svcs 25,313 11,423 11,631 2,259
  All Other BRU's All Other BRU's 1,982,348 849,163 419,308 713,877
   
Subtotal:
$4,522,043 $2,188,075 $1,148,400 $1,185,568
NA Debt Service* School Debt Reimbursement $57,021 $0 $0 $57,021
NA Debt Service* Debt Retirement Fund 40,401 33,678 0 6,723
NA Fund Transfers* Marine Hwy Stabilization 28,790 28,790 0 0
   
Total:
$4,648,255 $2,250,543 $1,148,400 $1,249,312

*Debt Service and Fund Transfers are not in a specific department but are part of the operating budget.

Source: Legislative Finance, Alaska 2002 "Enacted' Budget, Excel spreadsheet.

Here are some other interesting ways to look at operations.

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