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Currently, state governments in the United States spend about 8.5 percent of GDP on programs and local governments spend about 10 percent of GDP on programs.
In the post World War II era, state and local spending increased steadily for decades, reaching a peak after the Crash of 2008, when state spending reached 9.7 percent of GDP in 2010 and local spending reached 11.4 percent of GDP in 2009. Spending has since decreased, with state spending down to an estimated 8.7 percent GDP in 2015 and local spending to 9.6 percent GDP in 2015.
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Spending data is from official government sources.
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Federal spending data begins in 1792.
State and local spending data begins in 1820.
State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.
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Source: CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook .