Education, which includes K-12 (50.7 percent) and higher education (12.3 percent), will consume 63 percent of the General Fund budget. Human Services accounts for the second largest piece (25.7 percent) and the remaining 11.3 percent is divided between Public Safety, General Government, Agriculture and Transportation. Most transportation funding is in a different budget. See Schedule 2.2 of the July Comparison Report for more details on the 2017 Approved Budget.
The General Fund is fully within the control of legislators; except for Motor Fuels sales tax, all tax revenue flows through the General Fund and they set all General Fund spending. They approve the larger All Funds budget but it includes revenues that cannot be repurposed, including but not limited to federal funds, college fees and tuition and fees paid to licensing and regulatory boards.