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Senate Budget Plan – Analyzed

The House passed its budget yesterday and the Senate passed its budget plan too. Like we did with the House budget, we’ve run the numbers of the Senate plan as introduced, and will break them down for you here.

Under the Senate plan, total spending in Fiscal Year 2010 (outlays) will be just short of $3 trillion dollars. (Specifically $2,981,025,000,000.00). That’s about $30,500 per U.S. family, just over $9,700 per person.

Where does the money go? Let’s break it down. The budget lists spending by categories so you can get an idea of what your tax dollars buy:

National Defense

  • Total: $$695,628,000,000.00, which is
  • $6,734.66 per family, or
  • $2,151.65 per person

International Affairs

  • $46,960,000,000.00, which is
  • $454.64 per family, or
  • $145.25 per person

General Science, Space, and Technology

  • $32,467,000,000.00, which is
  • $314.33 per family, or
  • $100.42 per person

Energy

  • $6,210,000,000.00, which is
  • $60.12 per family, or
  • $19.21 per person

Natural Resources and Environment

  • $40,450,000,000.00, which is
  • $391.61 per family, or
  • $125.12 per person

Agriculture

  • $23,881,000,000.00, which is
  • $231.20 per family, or
  • $73.87 per person

Commerce and Housing Credit

  • $85,818,000,000.00, which is
  • $830.84 per family, or
  • $265.44 per person

Transportation

  • $95,695,000,000.00, which is
  • $926.46 per family, or
  • $295.99 per person

Community and Regional Development

  • $28,921,000,000.00, which is
  • $280.00 per family, or
  • $89.46 per person

Education, Training, Employment, and Social Services

  • $140,624,000,000.00, which is
  • $1,361.44 per family, or
  • $434.96 per person

Health

  • $388,746,000,000.00, which is
  • $3,763.61 per family, or
  • $1,202.43 per person

Medicare

  • $442,954,000,000.00, which is
  • $4,288.42 per family, or
  • $1,370.10 per person

Income Security

  • $538,604,000,000.00, which is
  • $5,214.45 per family, or
  • $1,665.96 per person

Social Security

  • $20,378,000,000.00, which is
  • $197.29 per family, or
  • $63.03 per person

Veterans Benefits and Services

  • $105,460,000,000.00, which is
  • $1,021.00 per family, or
  • $326.20 per person

Administration of Justice

  • $51,630,000,000.00, which is
  • $499.85 per family, or
  • $159.70 per person

General Government

  • $23,021,000,000.00, which is
  • $222.88 per family, or
  • $71.21 per person

Net Interest

  • $284,558,000,000.00, which is
  • $2,754.92 per family, or
  • $880.17 per person

Allowances

  • -$2,536,000,000.00, which is
  • -$24.55 per family, or
  • -$7.84 per person

Undistributed Offsetting Receipts

  • -$68,444,000,000.00, which is
  • -$662.63 per family, or
  • -$211.70 per person

Want to understand what these categories mean? Here’s a report that explains them. The total spending numbers are raw amounts, but the per family and per person figures are net present value – the amount you’d have to put in the bank today to fund the spending next fiscal year.

Visitor Comments for Senate Budget Plan – Analyzed RSS 2.0

Don

How about taking these numbers down to per taxpayer? Per person is nice, but since many people don’t pay for these “services” it would be good to see just how much those of us on the hook have to pay for those who don’t pay.

Jim Harper

That is easier said than done – or at least done well. It’s true that lots of people pay no income tax, but many of those people do pay payroll tax, and corporate taxes are passed through to consumers and owners in unknown proportions.

You’re right to point out, though, that people who pay income taxes probably pay significantly more than the per person figures we currently report on this site.

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