As the Democrats moan about government cuts to vital programs, the reality is that states are growing more dependent on federal support as time goes by, regardless of the relatively small ups and downs in spending, mostly ups.
Because state governments would be rejected if they go to citizens of the states and ask for higher taxes to pay for the spending, the states hide the increased spending within the federal spending on state. This can't last, and the end result will be that the very poor who state politicians pretend to protect are made more and more vulnerable each day. When the day comes that the consequences can no longer be avoided, the poor will suffer while the politicians who set them up will blame the rich and scream for social justice. If federal and state governments didn't waste so much on spending that ensures they maintain power, there would be enough to help the truly needy. Until we get welfare out of the hands of government, the system will continue to unravel until it falls apart completely.