The Alaskan Citizen's Guide to the Budget

Growth Rates in Recent Years

Since 1985 the growth rate of total public spending in Alaska has lagged the US average. The growth rate of combined state and local government spending has been slowing since the early 1990's and hit zero in 1996 (Figure 10.). Netting out the Permanent Fund dividend it was negative (Figure 11.), and it was also negative if we consider only spending from own sources of revenuesCnet of federal grant spending (Figure 12.).

Figure 10. Comparative Growth Rates of Public Spending, Alaska and the US Average

Figure 11. Comparative Growth Rates of Public Spending Excluding the Dividend, Alaska and the US Average

Figure 12. Comparative Growth Rates of Public Spending from Own Sources, Alaska and the US Average

The growth rate of total state government spending (including Aoff budget@ spending) in Alaska has lagged the US average every year since 1985 except for 1994 (Figure 13.). Excluding the Permanent Fund dividend Alaska growth rate has been negative since 1995 (Figure 14.) Spending from own sources (excluding federal grants) has also been negative for the most recent three years (Figure 15.).

Figure 13. Comparative Growth Rates of State Government Spending, Alaska and the US Average

Figure 14. Comparative Growth Rates of State Government Spending Excluding the Dividend, Alaska and the US Average

Figure 15. Comparative Growth Rates of State Government Spending from Own Sources, Alaska and the US Average

 

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