The Governor’s recommended 2017-2019 budget reflects a roughly 10 percent increase over the 2015-2017 (legislatively approved) budget. Briefly, core governmental functions effectively summarize departmental funding, and are required by law under priorities- and performance-based budgeting. The core governmental functions are established by the Governor and provide the framework for the goals, objectives, activities, and performance measures. There are eight core functions of government that correspond to 37 departments.
The biggest areas of expenditures are in the core functions of health and human services (almost $11.5 billion, roughly 43.9 percent of the budget), education (nearly $6.6 billion, or 25.2 percent of budget), and infrastructure ($2.1 billion, around 8 percent of the budget). Finance and administration costs increased from $447.4 million in 2015-2017 to over $1.9 billion in 2017-2019, reflecting an increase of more than 330 percent.