The federal government collects taxes to finance various public services. As the chart below shows, three major areas of spending each make up about one-fifth of the budget: Social Security also provided benefits to 3 million spouses and children of retired workers, 6 million surviving children and spouses of deceased workers, and In a typical month, Medicaid and CHIP provide health care or long-term care to about 74 million low-income children, parents, elderly people, and people with disabilities.
Defense and international security assistance: The bulk of the spending in this category reflects the underlying costs of the Defense Department.
Two other categories together account for another fifth of spending: Safety net programs include: Such programs keep millions of people out of poverty each year. Without any government income assistance, either from safety net programs or other income supports like Social Security, the poverty rate would have been And these programs reduced the depth of poverty for millions more, even when not bringing them above the poverty line.
As the chart shows, the remaining fifth of federal spending supports a variety of other public services. These include providing health care and other benefits to veterans and retirement benefits to retired federal employees, ensuring safe food and drugs, protecting the environment, and investing in education, scientific and medical research, and basic infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and airports.
A very small slice — less than 1 percent of the budget — goes to non-security programs that operate internationally, including programs providing humanitarian aid. To the extent that such services are worth paying for, the only way to do so is ultimately with tax revenue.
Consequently, when thinking about the costs that taxes impose, it is essential to balance those costs against the benefits the nation receives from public services. Appendix Because we discuss total federal spending, we do not distinguish programs financed by general revenues from those financed by dedicated revenues e.
For more information, see Policy Basics: We based our estimates of spending in fiscal year on the most recent historical data released by the Office of Management and Budget. Federal fiscal year ran from October 1,to September 30, The broad expenditure categories presented in this paper were constructed on the basis of classifications commonly used by budget agencies.
The categories are constructed by grouping related programs and activities into broad functions, which are further broken down into subfunctions. The details of how the categories used in this paper were constructed from those functions and subfunctions are described below. This category consists of all expenditures in the Social Security functionincluding benefits and administrative costs.
The largest component of this category is the national defense function In addition, this category includes the international security assistance subfunction of the international affairs function.
This category includes all programs in the income security function except those that fall in the following two subfunctions: The latter contains the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation and also covers programs that provide pension and disability benefits to certain small groups of private-sector workers.
This category contains the net interest function This category includes all federal expenditures not included in one of the five categories defined above. The subcomponents of this category that are displayed in the graph are defined as follows: Benefits for federal retirees and veterans: This subcategory consists of the entire transportation function The education subcategory combines three subfunctions of the education, training, employment, and social services function: Science and medical research: This subcategory consists of the general science, space, and technology function and the health research and training subfunction This subcategory consists of the international affairs function except for international security assistance, which is included with defense, above.
This subcategory consists of all other federal expenditures.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs. It is supported primarily by foundation grants.Jun 21, · Utah spends just over $6, per student; New York and the District of Columbia spend over $18,Here's a map showing state-by-state figures.
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