"The Direct Cost of the Socially Inadequate to New York State"
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American Philosophical Society, ERO, MSC77,SerX,Box1: Harry H. Laughlin
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The Direct Cost of the Socially Inadequate to New York State Of course the direct state cost of the inmates of institutions for inadequates is only a small fraction of the actual cost to the state as a whole. The inability of the inadequates to support themselves, their lack of participation in the production of wealth and their hindrance to progress, welfare and sanitation generally, greatly outweigh their direct money charge to the state. Then there are direct charges, as well as great indirect costs, also paid by families, charitable organizations and municipalities. Nevertheless the measure of direct state cost is instructive. Taking New York State as an example, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1928, we find the following appropriations: 1. Total appropriations of the State Government of New York - $215, 704, 704.87 (100 per cent.). 2. Total appropriations chargeable to education - $83, 302, 823.05 (38.62 per cent.). 3. Total appropriations for state institutions and other state aid chargeable to the following classes: Feeble-minded, insane, criminalistic, epileptic, blind, deaf, pauperous, and other institutionalized and socially aided classes - 32, 558, 831.46 (15.09 per cent.). 4. Total appropriations chargeable to highways and bridges, including all appropriations for the Superintendent of Public Works - $45, 987, 021.31 (21.32 per cent.). 5. Total appropriations chargeable to agriculture - $4, 772, 211.33 (2.21 per cent.).

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