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For many years, the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) has required the largest portions of state spending, with the Department of Health and Social Services coming in at a close second. In this project, Alaska Policy Forum (APF) examines what DEED dollars are spent on and how the spending has changed between Fiscal Year 2010 (FY 2010) and FY 2021.
For this report, we examine total DEED state spending, which includes operating expenditures (state spending from the Operating Budget), supplemental spending, and DEED spending from the Capital Budget (capital expenditures). For the purpose of this report, state spending excludes federal receipts, the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), and fund transfers. For further information on the differences between total state spending and the budget, please refer to “Debunking the Myth of Alaska’s ‘40% Budget Cuts.’”
Due to recording differences, DEED total state spending was not reported in the Legislative Finance Division (LFD) Allocation Totals in FY 2014 or FY 2015. Instead, the enacted budget amount was provided, which means that supplemental spending is not included for those two years. Keep this in mind as you compare across years – FY 2014 and FY 2015 total spending is likely more than is represented in this report. DEED capital spending, separated by funds, can also be found on the LFD website.