Big Budget Gainers from ’01 to ’08

The overall state budget has grown from $4.65 billion in 2001 to $6.98 billion in 2008, which is a 50% increase over 7 years. As we’ve all figured out, that’s just too much. In an effort to identify those areas that saw the largest growth, here are those departments that had operating budgets over $1 million and also saw an increase of over 50% in the last 7 years. No judgments, just numbers.


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16 years ago

I believe 16 of these Departments directly answer to the Governor.

16 years ago

And the Governor has cut 1,000 positions, Ken.
But the overall budget – taxes and spending – is set by the General Assembly. All of the increases in Marc’s chart are their doing. The fact that we are seventh highest taxed is their doing. The fact that Rhode Island has the most onerous corporate taxes and one of the worst overall business climates – thereby driving businesses which pay taxes and employ people out of the state – is their (the General Assembly’s) doing. The fact that public pensions went under funded while social spending was maxed out is solely their doing.
I’m sorry this has been such a difficult concept, Ken. Perhaps if the GA would implement separation of powers as required by law and the Constitution, some of the blame for this could be shared by the Executive Branch. Though I suppose SOP didn’t address the check book, did it?

16 years ago

Spot on Monique!! Love the slap about the check book and SOP. lol

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