State-By-State Numbers: Critical Fiscal Relief At Stake In Tuesday's House Vote

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- States stand to lose significant amounts of fiscal relief if the Senate-passed jobs bill that the House is due to take up next week fails to become law, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  The level of losses is shown on a state-by-state basis in the table below.

Because of the long and deep recession, states have begun their third consecutive year of cutting deeply into their funding for schools, health care, and other basic public services (most state fiscal years begin July 1).  Last year's Recovery Act provided two forms of relief for states: additional federal funding to support state Medicaid programs and additional federal support for state education systems.  The additional Medicaid support expires at the end of this year, right in the middle of the current fiscal year for most states.  The additional education support is also rapidly disappearing.

The jobs legislation the Senate passed August 5 extends a phased-down version of the Medicaid support for another six months, worth about $15 billion to states, and extends $10 billion in additional education support to save teachers' jobs.

Failure to extend the relief would force states to lay off more workers, cut more services, and raise taxes more than they would otherwise to balance their budgets.  These actions will slow an economy that already is growing too slowly to lower the 9.5 percent unemployment rate and that economists fear is already likely to slow more in the months ahead.

Specifically, here's the amount of fiscal relief that each state will receive if the Senate legislation is enacted — and lose if it is not.  The state-by-state numbers are also available on our web site: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3258.


Estimated Distribution of Fiscal Relief to States in Senate Jobs Bill, in Millions


Medicaid

Education

Total


Medicaid

Education

Total

TOTAL TO STATES

$14,981

$9,989

$24,970

Missouri

$292

$190

$482

Alabama

$133

$149

$282

Montana

$38

$31

$69

Alaska

$64

$24

$88

Nebraska

$69

$59

$128

Arizona

$351

$212

$563

Nevada

$79

$83

$162

Arkansas

$125

$91

$216

New Hampshire

$54

$41

$95

California

$1,869

$1,201

$3,070

New Jersey

$399

$268

$667

Colorado

$159

$159

$318

New Mexico

$126

$65

$191

Connecticut

$199

$110

$309

New York

$2,228

$607

$2,835

Delaware

$48

$27

$75

North Carolina

$343

$298

$641

District of Columbia

$54

$18

$72

North Dakota

$29

$22

$51

Florida

$784

$555

$1,339

Ohio

$492

$361

$853

Georgia

$228

$322

$550

Oklahoma

$188

$119

$307

Hawaii

$86

$39

$125

Oregon

$156

$118

$274

Idaho

$51

$52

$103

Pennsylvania

$667

$388

$1,055

Illinois

$545

$415

$960

Rhode Island

$72

$33

$105

Indiana

$227

$207

$434

South Carolina

$138

$144

$282

Iowa

$128

$96

$224

South Dakota

$27

$26

$53

Kansas

$100

$92

$192

Tennessee

$240

$196

$436

Kentucky

$155

$135

$290

Texas

$858

$830

$1,688

Louisiana

$375

$147

$522

Utah

$57

$101

$158

Maine

$86

$39

$125

Vermont

$47

$19

$66

Maryland

$273

$179

$452

Virginia

$289

$249

$538

Massachusetts

$506

$204

$710

Washington

$338

$208

$546

Michigan

$380

$318

$698

West Virginia

$81

$55

$136

Minnesota

$346

$167

$513

Wisconsin

$229

$180

$409

Mississippi

$151

$98

$249

Wyoming

$22

$18

$40


Sources: FMAP allocations reflect Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' estimates using Medicaid spending projections from February 2010 and unemployment rate projections from February 2010.  Expenditures for childless adults shifting from CHIP to Medicaid also would qualify for the higher matching rate.  ARRA would be modified so that the base FMAP increase would be lowered from 6.2 percentage points to 3.2 percentage points in the second quarter of federal fiscal year 2011 and to 1.2 percentage points in the third quarter.  Figures are rounded.


Notes: Education total excludes shares for administration and the U.S. territories. CBPP's FMAP estimates may differ somewhat from estimates issued by the Congressional Budget Office (which estimates a total of $16.1 billion under the extension, rather than $15 billion) as well as state-specific estimates generated by state officials, because of differences in the methodology or in the underlying data related to Medicaid spending and projected state unemployment rates.





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.

SOURCE Center on Budget and Policy Priorities



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