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Current Government Spending in the US

Fiscal Year Federal SpendingState SpendingLocal SpendingTotal Spending
2015$3.69 trillion$1.61 trillion$1.76 trillion$6.43 trillion
2016$3.85 trillion$1.66 trillion$1.81 trillion$6.66 trillion
2017$4.15 trillion$1.72 trillion$1.87 trillion$7.04 trillion
2018$4.35 trillion$1.78 trillion$1.93 trillion$7.34 trillion

Note that federal spending is gross spending, and includes monies transferred to state and local governments. State and local spending is direct spending on programs.

Local Guesstimated2 2017 Government Spending

There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows Local spending. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.

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Local 2017 Spending by Function

Function -yr 2017 +yr  
  Total Spending$1.9 trillion 
  Pensions$0.1 trillion 
  Health Care$0.2 trillion 
  Education$0.7 trillion 
  Welfare$0.1 trillion 
  Protection$0.2 trillion 
  Transport$0.2 trillion 
Spending: guesstimated2

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Note:
1. Federal spending after 2016 is budgeted.
2. State spending after 2014 and local spending after 2014 are “guesstimated” by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

Data Sources:
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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Spending by Government Level

Government Spending includes federal, state, and local spending. Intergovernmental transfers represent federal grants and transfers spent by states or local governments on programs at the state or local level.

 2016 2017 2018 
 Federal Spending3.94.14.4 
 State Spending1.71.71.8 
 Local Spending1.81.91.9 
 Intergovernmental Transfers-0.7-0.7-0.7 
 Total Spending6.77.07.3 
Spending: actual budgeted estimated guesstimated2

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

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Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1890.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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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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