New York State Office of the State Comptroller
Federal and State Aid by Class of Government
In 2011, about 71 percent ($2.6 billion) of total state aid revenues ($3.7 billion) was concentrated in ahandful of program areas.
With the exception of AIM ($646.2 million, 17.6 percent) and the ConsolidatedHighway Aid Program ($254.3 million, 6.9 percent), state aid revenues largely represent reimbursementsand aid for the administration and operation of various social service and public health-related programs.Combined, these aid categories account for approximately 65 percent of the aforementioned $2.6 billion.Likewise, federal aid is also largelydistributed to a few targeted programsand does not generally provide localgovernments with discretionary rev-enues. About 61 percent of the $3.2billion in federal aid received in 2011,was attributable to a few key programareas,
the majority of which sup-port various social service and publichealth-related programs.Dependence on the differentcomponents of these aid streamsvaries significantly according to localgovernment type:
In 2011, cities received $803million in state aid and $265 millionin federal aid, representing nearly 26percent of total city revenues com-bined. The most significant portionof state aid to cities ($591 million or 74 percent of state aid revenues) re-flects funding received through theState’s AIM program. The programwas restructured and enhanced dur-ing the middle part of the decade,which increased the share of stateaid to cities from 16.7 percent of revenues in 2001 to 19.5 percent in2011. However, state financial pres-sures since the onset of the GreatRecession have resulted in reduc-tions and flat funding of the programsince the SFY 2008-09.
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The American Recovery andReinvestment Act increasedfederal aid revenues to localgovernments between 2009and 2011.
Federal Aid as a Percentage of Total Revenues
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Aid and Incentives for Municipalities(AIM) increased between 2005 and2009. While this level of aiddecreased between 2009 and 2012,it was significantly higher than inpre-AIM years.
State Aid as a Percentage of Total Revenues