Higher Education Funding As A Share Of Total State Expenditures, 1990-91 to 2010-11

Higher Education Funding As A Share Of Total State Expenditures, 1990-91 to 2010-11

Total state revenues have declined due to both recessionary shortfalls and the failure of states to modernize their revenue systems to collect the resources needed to finance the services demanded by the public. Absent adequate revenues, states have shifted available resources from discretionary budget categories to mandatory ones like primary and secondary education and the state share of the Medicaid program.