Aggregate State Budget
Project Goal 
The goal of this project is to combine the Fiscal Year 2010 state expenditures of the 50 US States into a single easy to use data-set.
The Problem 
Every state publishes some version of their budget broken down by agency, program or purpose. Unfortunately, most states lock this data in lengthy PDF documents. A researcher who wants to compare state level spending around the country, faces a daunting task.
Project Steps 
1. Gathering the Data - Where possible I will use data published on State Websites. If the data is not easily available, I will reach out directly to the relevant state agency. As data is gathered, it will be posted on this page in TXT, CSV, XLS or other easy to use formats. I encourage others to add data and to verify the accuracy of posted data.
2.Organizing Data - To facilitate cross state comparisons, a common classification hierarchy will be applied to every state's budget entries.
Project Time-line 
All data will be collected in an easy to use format by 5/31/2010. The final data-set will be available by 6/30/2010.
State Expenditure Hierarchy 
I.Administration A.Legislature B.Executive i.Governonor ii.Lieutenant Governor iii.Secretary of State C.Public Finance i.Public Finance ii.Debt Service D.Human Resources E.Oversight F.Elections II.Education A.K-12 i.Local School Districts ii.State Initiatives iii.Special Education iv.Teachers B.Universities i.General Funds ii.Scholarships C.Community Colleges D.Research III.Social Services A.Health B.Poverty C.Social Services i.Child Services ii.Elderly Services iii.Women Services iv.Family Services D.Emergency Management E.Disability i.Disability ii.Mental Health F.Veterans IV.Law/Justice/Safety A.Courts B.Attorney General C.Law Enforcement D.Consumer Protection i.Alcohol/Tobacco ii.Banking/Finance/Insurance/Real Estate iii.Services E.Corrections i.Corrections ii.Reentry F.Criminal Trials i.Prosecutors ii.Public Defenders iii.Victims G.Defense i.National Guard ii.Homeland Security iii.Military Support V.Economic Development/Commerce A.Business Promotion B.Community Development C.Tourism Promotion D.Employment i.Workforce Development ii.Labor Law iii. Unemployment E.Agriculture F.Infrastructure i.Transportation ii.Water Resources iii.Capital Improvements iv.Communications G.Natural Resource Management i.Mineral Resources ii.Forestry iii. Parks iv.Environmental Protection v.Land Management
State Data 
Data from: email@example.com
Data From: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/agencies.html
Data From: http://www.opb.state.ga.us/media/12303/state_of_georgia_budget_amended_fy_2010.pdf (Summary of Appropriations)
Data From: http://efficiency.idaho.gov/
Data From: http://www.in.gov/sba/2543.htm (Detailed Budget Data)
Data From: http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/tap
Data From: http://www.budget.sc.gov/OSB-index.phtm