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.