line item


Definition of line item

: an appropriation that is itemized on a separate line in a budget

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line-item \ ˈlīn-​ˈī-​təm How to pronounce line-item (audio) \ adjective

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Earlier this summer, district board members also questioned a $386,000 line item in the proposal that would add a coffee bistro near the entrance to the cafeteria. Karen Berkowitz,, "$8.5 million project soon could reorganize cafeteria, commons area at Highland Park High School into open concept," 22 Aug. 2019 With the town and schools’ budgets already in place, finding the most-appropriate line item to which to apply the funds presents a challenge. Steve Smith,, "Tolland Council Deciding How To Spend Extra Funding," 15 Aug. 2019 Alaska’s constitution allows a governor to reduce or eliminate specific line items in the state’s budget, and Dunleavy is expected to use that power to eliminate services so more money is available for the dividend. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy to announce vetoes and sign budget on Friday," 28 June 2019 One of the 182 line items Dunleavy vetoed from the budget passed by the Alaska Legislature, however, was $27 million in Medicaid coverage for adult preventive dental care. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Veto to Medicaid dental coverage leaves some Alaskans without teeth and others likely to lose them, providers say," 19 July 2019 Health insurance is a significant line item in Oregon’s budget. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon state, school workers could get to keep double health insurance," 7 June 2019 Rhode Island Warwick: The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution that would add $4 million to the schools’ budget to pay for 17 line items, including sports, teaching assistants, custodians, textbooks, and after-school programs. USA TODAY, "Saving whales, Manson murder house: News from around our 50 states," 17 July 2019 Ona Brause, the municipal manager, said that the stopgap shelter funds could come from a $200,000 line item for cold weather shelter along with a collection of funding from various sources, including unfilled positions. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Assembly votes to extend emergency declaration, fund Brother Francis Shelter," 27 July 2019 With that line item, Sony won the right to finance and distribute what is now one of the buzziest movies of the year, and Tarantino became one of the few filmmakers to enjoy a rare and unique perk. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Quentin Tarantino Scored Rare Ownership Deal With 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of line item

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of line item was in 1962

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