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April 1, 2008

How New York's state budget has grown

A look at the growth of the New York state budget since Democrat Mario Cuomo took office in 1983 as governor, Republican George Pataki took over in 1995, Democrat Eliot Spitzer became governor in 2007, and Democrat David Paterson became governor in March of 2008:

Fiscal Year - Total Budget - Increase

1982-83 -- $25.9 billion --
1983-84 -- $28.4 billion -- 9.5 percent.
1984-85 -- $31.6 billion -- 11.3 percent.
1985-86 -- $34.7 billion -- 10.0 percent.
1986-87 -- $37.4 billion -- 7.8 percent.
1987-88 -- $39.9 billion -- 6.6 percent.
1988-89 -- $43.4 billion -- 8.9 percent.
1989-90 -- $46.4 billion -- 6.7 percent.
1990-91 -- $48.9 billion -- 5.5 percent.
1991-92 -- $52.3 billion -- 7.0 percent.
1992-93 -- $54.8 billion -- 4.8 percent.
1993-94 -- $57.91 billion -- 5.7 percent.
1994-95 -- $61.90 billion -- 6.9 percent.
1995-96 -- $63.23 billion -- 2.2 percent.
1996-97 -- $62.95 billion -- (minus 0.4 percent).
1997-98 -- $66.16 billion -- 5.1 percent.
1998-99 -- $70.70 billion -- 6.9 percent.
1999-00 -- $73.27 billion -- 3.6 percent.
2000-01 -- $79.75 billion -- 8.9 percent.
2001-02 -- $85.04 billion -- 6.6 percent.
2002-03 -- $89.12 billion -- 4.8 percent.
2003-04 -- $97.33 billion -- 9.2 percent.
2004-05 -- $100.67 billion -- 3.4 percent.
2005-06 -- $104.34 billion -- 3.6 percent.
2006-07 -- $112.8 billion -- 8.1 percent.
2007-08 -- $118.3 billion -- 4.9 percent (projected)
2008-09 -- $124 billion -- 4.4 percent (proposed)

Fiscal Year - State Funds - Increase

1982-83 -- $19.2 billion --
1983-84 -- $21.0 billion -- 9.6 percent.
1984-85 -- $23.6 billion -- 12.2 percent.
1985-86 -- $25.9 billion -- 9.7 percent.
1986-87 -- $28.1 billion -- 8.7 percent.
1987-88 -- $30.4 billion -- 8.4 percent.
1988-89 -- $33.3 billion -- 9.4 percent.
1989-90 -- $35.4 billion -- 6.2 percent.
1990-91 -- $36.2 billion -- 2.5 percent.
1991-92 -- $37.1 billion -- 2.5 percent.
1992-93 -- $38.1 billion -- 2.7 percent.
1993-94 -- $39.65 billion -- 4.2 percent.
1994-95 -- $42.56 billion -- 7.3 percent.
1995-96 -- $42.74 billion -- 0.4 percent.
1996-97 -- $42.78 billion -- 0.1 percent.
1997-98 -- $44.40 billion -- 3.8 percent.
1998-99 -- $48.08 billion -- 8.3 percent.
1999-00 -- $49.80 billion -- 3.6 percent.
2000-01 -- $54.18 billion -- 8.8 percent.
2001-02 -- $56.98 billion -- 5.2 percent.
2002-03 -- $55.82 billion -- (minus 2.0 percent).
2003-04 -- $61.33 billion -- 9.9 percent.
2004-05 -- $63.97 billion -- 4.3 percent.
2005-06 -- $69.72 billion -- 9.0 percent.
2006-07 -- $77.3 billion -- 10.88 percent.
2007-08 -- $82.7 billion -- 6.99 percent. (projected)
2008-09 -- $87.8 billion -- 6.2 percent. (proposed).
 
Source: State Division of the Budget.