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Compare state and local spending for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2017  +1yr +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP

State State
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Alabama10.36%9.61%19.96%$219.542.4%4.9 more
 Alaska22.44%11.56%34.00%$51.261.6%0.7 more
 Arizona9.37%9.07%18.44%$311.812.1%7.0 more
 Arkansas13.08%7.71%20.79%$130.492.3%3.0 more
 California8.34%11.55%19.89%$2,702.333.3%39.5 more
 Colorado8.57%9.97%18.54%$337.613.1%5.6 more
 Connecticut9.84%7.29%17.13%$277.152.0%3.6 more
 Delaware11.07%5.70%16.77%$73.552.5%1.0 more
 District of Columbia1.40%12.83%14.23%$133.862.7%0.7 more
 Florida7.85%10.71%18.56%$969.472.9%21.0 more
 Georgia7.20%8.74%15.94%$541.282.7%10.4 more
 Hawaii16.57%5.80%22.36%$86.492.4%1.4 more
 Idaho9.80%7.86%17.67%$69.862.5%1.7 more
 Illinois8.00%10.12%18.11%$841.342.6%12.8 more
 Indiana7.53%7.92%15.45%$362.792.4%6.7 more
 Iowa10.14%9.63%19.78%$184.762.1%3.1 more
 Kansas9.08%9.89%18.97%$155.191.9%2.9 more
 Kentucky13.55%7.70%21.25%$208.952.2%4.4 more
 Louisiana10.75%8.84%19.60%$251.532.4%4.7 more
 Maine14.61%8.71%23.31%$60.541.9%1.3 more
 Maryland9.61%9.20%18.81%$392.892.3%6.0 more
 Massachusetts10.39%7.48%17.87%$517.752.5%6.8 more
 Michigan9.78%9.03%18.80%$505.872.3%9.9 more
 Minnesota9.74%9.32%19.06%$360.352.6%5.6 more
 Mississippi14.55%12.19%26.74%$113.732.1%3.0 more
 Missouri8.39%8.34%16.72%$315.872.3%6.1 more
 Montana13.25%8.63%21.88%$49.123.0%1.1 more
 Nebraska7.07%11.17%18.24%$122.112.5%1.9 more
 Nevada6.97%9.47%16.45%$154.772.8%3.0 more
 New Hampshire8.36%7.66%16.02%$77.852.1%1.3 more
 New Jersey10.50%8.26%18.76%$615.232.4%9.0 more
 New Mexico15.32%9.61%24.93%$94.002.1%2.1 more
 New York7.71%13.10%20.81%$1,557.582.3%19.7 more
 North Carolina7.27%8.74%16.01%$546.582.8%10.3 more
 North Dakota10.74%7.82%18.56%$54.511.1%0.8 more
 Ohio11.08%8.94%20.02%$652.972.4%11.6 more
 Oklahoma11.63%8.43%20.06%$180.362.3%3.9 more
 Oregon11.88%9.14%21.02%$237.053.3%4.2 more
 Pennsylvania10.03%8.96%18.98%$734.722.4%12.8 more
 Rhode Island12.77%7.88%20.65%$61.412.2%1.1 more
 South Carolina12.37%10.79%23.15%$216.402.5%5.0 more
 South Dakota8.35%7.58%15.94%$49.702.4%0.9 more
 Tennessee7.64%10.72%18.36%$341.992.5%6.7 more
 Texas7.13%8.57%15.70%$1,640.543.2%28.3 more
 All states combined8.90%9.68%18.58%$19,302.802.7%325.4 more
 Utah10.00%7.51%17.51%$160.023.0%3.1 more
 Vermont16.07%8.62%24.69%$32.411.9%0.6 more
 Virginia7.69%8.25%15.94%$517.732.3%8.5 more
 Washington8.94%9.60%18.54%$483.922.8%7.4 more
 West Virginia14.93%8.07%22.99%$76.281.8%1.8 more
 Wisconsin9.94%9.25%19.19%$331.342.4%5.8 more
 Wyoming10.38%13.13%23.51%$38.502.0%0.6 more
Notes: guesstimated1 estimated

1. "Guesstimated" by projecting the latest change in reported number forward to future years. GSP deviation from national GDP growth cut by 40% per year.

Data Sources:
State GDP Information
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

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Data Sources for 2017:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

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FY18 Budget Blueprint Released

On March 16, 2018 the Trump administration issued a Budget Blueprint outlining proposed changes to "discretionary" spending for Fiscal Year 2018. The following table shows the major changes to Budget Authority in excess of $2 billion per agency.

AgencyFY18 Change
in $ billion
Agriculture-4.7
Defense+52.4
Education-9.2
Health and
Human Services
-12.6
Homeland
Security
+2.8
HUD-6.2
Justice-4.0
Labor-2.5
State and Intl Aid-10.9
Veterans+4.4
EPA-2.6

Because usgovernmentspending spending data is based on Historical Table 3.2, it shows spending by function rather than by agency. Until Table 3.2 is published in the final version of the FY18 budget we cannot exactly predict how the Table 3.2 numbers will change at the subfunction level.

But we have applied the Budget Blueprint budget authority changes into the budgeted FY18 outlays by guessing the application of agency level changes to subfunction changes to give a rough feeling of what the Trump changes look like. You can check out what is going on here or here.

The numbers will change when the final FY18 federal budget numbers come out.

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