WASHINGTON Dec 6 Revenues for U.S. states rose
11.3 percent to $2.3 trillion in 2011 from $2 trillion the year
before, the U.S. Census reported on Thursday, with federal
grants accounting for 34.7 percent of revenues.
In 2011, the last of the money from the 2009 federal
economic stimulus plan made its way through state's budgets. The
plan included the largest transfer of federal funds to states in
Revenues from the U.S. government increased 3.4 percent in
2011, with those for welfare programs - the majority of federal
grant money to states - rising 5.3 percent to $332.6 billion.
Most state spending, which increased 3.7 percent from 2010,
went to education and welfare, according to the report.
In total, states spent $592.33 billion on education in
2011, also up 3.7 percent from the year before. Education
represented 35.8 percent of state spending, and totaled more
than 40 percent of general expenditures in 13 states. Georgia
spent the most on education, dedicating 46. 6 percent of its
budget for schools, followed by Indiana at 45.5 percent.
State government spending on welfare in total rose 7.1
percent in 2011 to $496.76 billion, the Census found. In 35
states, welfare accounted for a quarter or more of the state's
general expenditures, with Tennessee allotting the largest share
of its spending - 39 percent - to welfare.
The Census said spending on unemployment compensation
dropped 10 percent to $121.4 billion in 2011.