Government spending in Idaho rises 86% between 1999 and 2009

The amount of spending by government agencies in Idaho has risen from $3.1 billion to $5.8 billion from 1999 to 2009, according to legislative budget analysts.

State government has done not all of the spending as federal funds and dedicated funds, such as fees, are included in those numbers. The figures also do not account for inflation, population growth, law changes or workload increases — which makes it difficult to add context to the numbers.

The State Board of Education has seen the largest percentage increase as its spending has increased from $1.4 million to $10.5 million, an increase of 656 percent.

The Permanent Building Fund has increased more than 306 percent, from $23.7 million to $96.5 million.

Spending on public education has nearly doubled from $850 million in 1999 to $1.68 million in 2009, a 97% increase.

Some of the growth is due to new agencies, such as the Department of Environmental Quality, which had no budget in 1999, but a $58 million budget in 2009.

Makes for a nice headline,

Makes for a nice headline, but it's irrelevant without the full facts and substance, very FOX NEWS of you!

The only reason to run this kind of article is a blatant attempt to sway public opinion against government!

Everybody’s spend has increased over the last 10 years, especially with hyper-inflation alone forced substantial increases.

Budget analysts are supposed to craft real recommendations and not issue an ideological slanted propaganda press releases.

Why not ask the Governor and Republican legislators why they are against full transparency?

Show Idahoans were these tax dollar allocated funds and contracts have been spent and awarded.

Full transparency of government financial transactions, would provide oversight to the legislature and elected officials, requiring more responsibility in allocating funds and to whom they award government contracts to.

It would also measure the legislature’s organizational performance with clear facts.

Idaho’s republican majority would no longer be able to hide behind there office.

You can run...

but you can't hide. Unless you are an office holder in the State of Idaho.

Inflation's a lady car salesperson, no doubt.

Like a midair collision with a tugboat

More Like a Sixteen Percent Increase

According to if you plug in $3.1 billion spent in 1999, it is worth $4.03 billion in 2009. Conversely, $5.8 billion spent in 2009 is discounted to $4.47 billion in 1999 dollars.

So instead of going up 86 percent in ten years, after accounting for inflation state government spending in Idaho went up 44 percent.

Then there is population change. Between 1999 and 2009 Idaho's population increased from approximately 1,250,000 to 1,550,000. That comes out to a 24 percent increase.

So on a per capita basis, the $3.1 billion spent in 1999 over 1,250,000 people comes out to about $2,480 per capita. In 2009 the $5.8 billion spent is adjusted to $4.47 billion. then spread across 1,550,000 people comes out to about $2,884 per capita. And that's about a sixteen percent increase in spending.


Its truly great to see that someone around here knows how to do so real research before spewing of the mouth about dollars and cents. Thanks for the better clarification of the terrible article that murph present here.

this might interest you:

I just found this report that the Idaho Center on Budget & Tax Policy did back in 2005. It strengthens my thoughts in why Idaho is consistently lacking on many spectrums!


good stuff!

I wish Statesman writers/editors were so thoughtful.


I wish the Statesman "managers" could figure out to fix this blog so replies would post where they are meant to post....


AND move the damned flagging link away from reply!

And UNBOX stuff
And not make you pan and scan so much

You can make a forums section like this with Lincoln Logs, but NO! Let Toyota do it with non-union Lincoln Logs.

Don't let the AP hit yer YEEEE_ on the way out I guess.

Like a midair collision with a tugboat

Education increase

656 perent growth in education funding but what has been the growth in school population. That's the figure which would be interesting. Hard to get a grasp on the significance without more pertinent data.

Enrollment Numbers

1999-2000 fall public school enrollment 244,403.

2008-2009 fall public school enrollment 275,075

Includes charter schools. Excludes private schools and home schooling.

Postgasim-= oh, but it feels sooo good.

your pop. growth has somthing to do with your gov. money outlay. Your're the new California, good luck.


Like a midair collision with a tugboat