The Alaska Citizen's Guide to the Budget

State and Local Per Capita Spending in 1996:
Alaska, Wyoming, and the U.S. Average

 

U.S. Average

Wyoming Premium

Alaska Premium

Special Premium: AK over WY

Spending Ratio: Alaska / Wyoming

Direct General Expenditures

$4,483

$1,119

$3,891

$2,772

1.49

Top 10 Program Areas: Account for 81 percent of U.S. Average Per Capita Spending

K-12 Education

$1,053

$305

$516

$210

1.15

Welfare

$729

($197)

$100

$297

1.56

Higher Education

$380

$195

$41

($154)

0.73

Highways

$298

$332

$631

$299

1.47

Hospitals

$266

$370

($155)

($524)

0.18

Other and Unallocable

$223

($86)

$1,158

$1,244

10.09

Interest on General Debt

$222

$31

$394

$364

2.44

Police Protection

$168

($7)

$26

$33

1.20

Health

$151

($1)

$62

$62

1.41

Correction

$141

($33)

$54

$87

1.80

Next 10 Program Areas: Account for 16 percent of U.S. Average Per Capita Spending

Sewerage

$93

($35)

($14)

$21

1.36

Housing and Community Development

$85

($59)

$84

$143

6.49

Financial Administration

$85

$31

$136

$105

1.90

Judicial and Legal

$77

$9

$130

$121

2.40

Parks and Recreation

$72

$21

($6)

($26)

.72

Other Education

$71

$11

$3

($8)

.90

Fire Protection

$67

($20)

$4

$24

1.51

Natural Resources

$60

$118

$297

$180

2.02

Solid Waste Management

$55

$45

$11

($34)

.66

Other Governmental Admin.

$45

$82

$96

$13

1.11

All Other Program Areas: Account for 3 percent of U.S. Average Per Capita Spending

Air Transportation

$33

($9)

$123

$132

6.38

Protective Inspection

$27

$1

$13

$12

1.42

General Public Building

$27

$12

$38

$26

1.68

Libraries

$22

$3

$8

$5

1.20

Social Insurance Admin.

$15

$17

$26

$9

1.30

Sea and Inland Port Facilities

$10

($10)

$20

$30

--

Parking Facilities

$3

($3)

($2)

$0

1.34

Miscellaneous Commercial Activities

$1

($1)

$65

$67

--

Transit Subsidies

$1

($1)

($1)

$0

--

Veterans' Services

$1

($1)

$34

$35

--

Sources: USDC State and Local Government Finances, 1996, and ISER. Alaska adjusted to U.S. average price level.
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