About the West Virginia Budget Browser
The West Virginia Budget Browser is joint collaboration between the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and the Charleston Gazette-Mail to provide online budget tool with comprehensive and interactive information about the state budget. The browser allows users to access and download West Virginia state budget information from FY 2005 to the current year. The browser is fully searchable, and allows users to “drill down” and compare line items and categories of spending. The information can be accessed and used by anyone interested in how the state uses its resources.
What is included in the West Virginia Budget Browser?
The West Virginia Budget Browser includes all the funding the state’s base budget (General Revenue, Lottery, and Excess Lottery Funds) from FY 2005 to the present. For past budget years, the West Virginia Budget Browser includes actual expenditures from that budget year’s appropriations and reappropriations. For the current budget year, the browser includes the budgeted expenditures from the current fiscal year’s appropriations and reappropriations.
The West Virginia Budget Browser shows totals for large policy areas or categories, departments, and agencies. Specific line item totals are available beginning with FY 2010. The Browser also shows historical amounts adjusted for inflation.
Where does the West Virginia Budget Browser get its numbers?
The numbers for the West Virginia Budget Browser come from official state budget documents, including Volumes I-III of each year’s Executive Budget.
What is included in the West Virginia Budget Browser’s totals?
For past budget years, the browser’s totals include the actual expenditures for that fiscal year, including any reappropriated funds that were available and expended. For the current budget year, the browser’s total includes the approved expenditure levels, prior to the beginning of the current legislative session, including amounts reappropriated from prior years.
The totals only include funding from the Base Budget, or the General Revenue, Lottery, and Excess Lottery Funds. The browser does not include funding from federal sources, special revenue, or the Road Fund. Notes are made for years with transfers from the Rainy Day Fund and for years supplemented with federal stimulus funding. These notes can be found by clicking the “Funding Descriptions” link in the browser.
How is the West Virginia Budget Browser organized?
The browser is organized largely following the structure of the state budget. Funding totals are organized into broad policy categories, and can be further broken down into department and agency totals. Agency totals can be broken down to the line item level.
Special thanks to West Virginia University Institute of Technology student and WVCBP intern Jesús Ballesteros for his work designing and coding the Budget Browser and his assistance in getting it launched.