Children's Voice Mar/Apr 2008

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Failing To Invest Early Means Paying the Price Later

Social Service and Annual Spending in Kentucky:

Welfare benefits, $186 million in 2005
Corrections (prisons and jails), $470 million in 2005
Mental health/mental retardation, $376 million in 2005
Community mental health/substance abuse, $98 million in 2005
Unemployment benefits, $467 million in 2005
Hospital visits by uninsured, $357 million in 2004

Sources: National Association of State Budget Officers, 2005 State Expenditures Report; Kentucky Office of State Budget Director, Budget of the Commonwealth, 2006-2008.

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