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Charting the Budget

The first budgets from the House and Senate are out, marked by their authors as mere starting points. Here's how they compare to each other, and to the current budget.

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House and Senate budgeteers say their first efforts — the budgets filed on both sides of the rotunda this week — are mere starting points. This isn't where they'll end up, etc. etc., etc. That said, the House came in with a budget that is 1.15 percent smaller than the current budget. The Senate's starter is 1.61 percent smaller than the current model. And the current version will swell in a few weeks when lawmakers add supplemental appropriations to it to cover impending costs of Medicaid, fighting wildfires, medical care in state prisons and other sundries. Here's a look at the new proposals, by broad subject area, comparing the proposals to the current budget and to each other.

 
Budget by House and Senate, All Funds ($ in Millions)
FunctionEstimated/Budgeted 2012-13*Recommend 2014-15 (House)Change from Current (House)Recommend 2014-15 (Senate)Change from Current (Senate)
General Government $4,881.1 $3,890.9 -20.29% $3,877.8 -20.55%
Health and Human Services $68,632.3 $70,999.1 3.45% $70,033 2.04%
Public Education $52,389.5 $53,530.3 2.18% $53,617.5 2.34%
Higher Education $23,288.4 $16,875.8 -27.54% $17,015.1 -26.94%
The Judiciary $648.2 $640.9 -1.13% $640.9 -1.13%
Public Safety and Criminal Justice $11,742.8 $11,219 -4.46% $11,231.6 -4.35%
Natural Resources $4,934.2 $4,593.6 -6.90% $4,565.9 -7.46%
Business and Economic Development $22,315.8 $24,831.7 11.27% $24,804.3 11.15%
Regulatory $707 $764.7 8.16% $688.6 -2.60%
The Legislature $348.9 $357.3 2.41% $357.3 2.41%
Total, All Functions $189,888.2 $187,703.3 -1.15% $186,832 -1.61%

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