Friday, September 7, 2012

Spending Category Definitions

Here's what's included in the top-line categories of government spending. You can also drill down here to look at examples.
  • Pensions:  Social Security and government pensions.

  • Health Care: Medicare and Medicaid, public health, medical research.

  • Education: Education, K-12 thru university.

  • Defense: Pentagon, veterans, State Department, foreign aid.

  • Welfare: Cash welfare, food stamps, unemployment benefits, workers comp, housing (but not Medicaid).

  • Protection: Police, fire, courts, prisons.

  • Transportation: Highways and mass transit.

  • General Government: executive, legislative, finance, general services.

  • Other Spending: Research, economic development, agriculture, energy, environment.

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