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What is the Total Government Spending?

In FY 2017, total US government spending, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $7.04 trillion.

US Total Government Spending Breakdown
in $ trillion

Most government outlays are spent in just a few functional areas: pensions, health care, education, defense, and welfare.



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Total Government Spending
in the United States
Federal, State, and Local
  Fiscal Year 2008  


 Government Pensions   $0.8 trillion   
 Government Health Care   + $1.0 trillion   
 Government Education   + $0.9 trillion   
 National Defense   + $0.7 trillion   
 Government Welfare   + $0.4 trillion   
 All Other Spending   + $1.5 trillion   
 Total Government Spending   $5.4 trillion   
 Federal Deficit   + $0.5 trillion   
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Total spending: actual, as reported by the Office of Management and Budget and the US Bureau of the Census.

 

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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.

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

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 2008:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances

> data sources for other years
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The Feds Borrow More Than The "Deficit"

People naturally assume that the annual Deficit is the total that the Federal government borrows each year. Actually this is not so. The Deficit is simply the difference between Federal Outlays and Federal Receipts. Usually, the Feds borrow a lot more than the official Deficit.

Like below, in $ billion:

YearGross
Debt
Debt
Increase
Federal
Deficit
Other
Borrow
2000562924-236259
20057905551318232
20101352916531294359
20111476412351300-64
20121605112871087200
201316719669680-11
2014177951075485590
201518120326438-113
2016195371417587830

We have provided the difference between the Debt increase and the Deficit for each year under "Other Borrowings" on the Spending Details page. To Recap:

Other Borrowings = (Increase in Federal Debt) - (Official Deficit)

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