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Compare state and local pension 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 2016  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

State State
State and
 Alabama1.55%0.13%1.67%$210.10.7%4.9 more
 Alaska2.28%0.06%2.35%$50.9-0.5%0.7 more
 Arizona1.38%0.13%1.52%$298.60.3%6.9 more
 Arkansas1.28%0.03%1.30%$125.60.6%3.0 more
 California1.51%0.51%2.02%$2,564.82.2%39.5 more
 Colorado1.59%0.12%1.72%$323.51.9%5.6 more
 Connecticut1.45%0.26%1.71%$265.60.1%3.6 more
 Delaware0.86%0.08%0.94%$70.31.0%1.0 more
 District of Columbia0.08%0.39%0.47%$127.31.3%0.7 more
 Florida0.89%0.27%1.15%$920.51.6%20.6 more
 Georgia1.16%0.15%1.32%$515.01.3%10.3 more
 Hawaii1.59%0.27%1.86%$82.50.8%1.4 more
 Idaho1.51%0.03%1.54%$67.00.9%1.7 more
 Illinois1.53%0.72%2.25%$802.31.1%12.8 more
 Indiana0.71%0.02%0.73%$346.80.8%6.6 more
 Iowa1.22%0.00%1.22%$177.70.2%3.1 more
 Kansas1.08%0.07%1.15%$149.8-0.1%2.9 more
 Kentucky1.94%0.05%1.98%$200.10.4%4.4 more
 Louisiana1.78%0.10%1.88%$244.20.8%4.7 more
 Maine1.61%0.17%1.78%$58.10.0%1.3 more
 Maryland0.91%0.31%1.22%$375.40.6%6.0 more
 Massachusetts0.94%0.33%1.27%$493.70.9%6.8 more
 Michigan1.37%0.34%1.70%$482.60.6%9.9 more
 Minnesota1.40%0.09%1.49%$344.21.2%5.5 more
 Mississippi2.50%0.41%2.91%$109.40.2%3.0 more
 Missouri1.34%0.22%1.56%$302.20.5%6.1 more
 Montana1.92%0.18%2.10%$47.11.8%1.0 more
 Nebraska0.56%0.32%0.88%$117.01.0%1.9 more
 Nevada1.49%0.24%1.74%$147.11.4%2.9 more
 New Hampshire0.92%0.02%0.94%$74.60.3%1.3 more
 New Jersey1.78%0.01%1.78%$587.30.8%9.0 more
 New Mexico2.33%0.22%2.55%$91.70.2%2.1 more
 New York1.27%0.84%2.11%$1,487.80.6%19.8 more
 North Carolina1.07%0.01%1.08%$519.61.4%10.1 more
 North Dakota1.28%0.13%1.41%$53.7-1.4%0.8 more
 Ohio2.85%0.07%2.92%$625.30.8%11.6 more
 Oklahoma1.44%0.08%1.52%$177.20.6%3.9 more
 Oregon2.22%0.09%2.32%$224.92.2%4.1 more
 Pennsylvania1.38%0.33%1.71%$705.40.8%12.8 more
 Rhode Island1.59%0.28%1.87%$58.70.4%1.1 more
 South Carolina1.66%0.00%1.66%$206.10.9%5.0 more
 South Dakota1.03%0.05%1.07%$47.70.8%0.9 more
 Tennessee0.62%0.20%0.83%$325.81.0%6.7 more
 Texas0.84%0.11%0.95%$1,592.82.0%28.0 more
 All states combined1.33%0.28%1.62%$18,472.01.2%324.0 more
 Utah1.09%0.03%1.12%$152.51.7%3.0 more
 Vermont1.09%0.07%1.16%$31.1-0.1%0.6 more
 Virginia0.79%0.20%0.99%$494.80.6%8.4 more
 Washington1.41%0.14%1.55%$460.61.5%7.3 more
 West Virginia1.93%0.08%2.01%$74.1-0.2%1.8 more
 Wisconsin1.38%0.16%1.53%$316.20.9%5.8 more
 Wyoming2.01%0.21%2.22%$37.90.0%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 2016:

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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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Gross State Product Update for 2015

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its Gross State Product (GSP) data for 2015 on June 14, 2016. has updated its individual state GSPs for 2015 and projected nominal and real GSP through 2020 for each state using the projected national GDP numbers from Table 10.1 in the Historical Tables for the Federal FY2016 Budget and the historical GDP data series from the BEA as a baseline.

As before we have projected individual state GSPs out to 2021 by applying a factor to reflect each state's deviation from the national growth rate. (E.g. In 2014 the national real GDP expanded by 2.4 percent. But North Dakota grew by 6.3 percent, a deviation of nearly 4 percent. The deviation is reduced by 40 percent for each year after 2014, making the assumption that each state will slowly revert to the national norm.) displays individual state data going back to 1957, but BEA has nominal GSP data going back to only 1963, and real GSP data going back to 1987.  Also the 1987-1997 real GSP data is in 1997 dollars, not 2009 dollars like the 1997-present data, and the pre-1997 data is based on a different model than post 1997 data.  For the pre-1997 data we have factored it to remove any "bumps" over the 1997 transition.

Because needs GSP data to provide e.g., spending as a percent of GDP, we have extended the two BEA GSP data series back to 1957.  We have assumed that the rate of change of GSP prior to 1963 is the same as the national GDP and we have assumed that the rate of change of real GSP prior to 1987 is the same as the nation real GDP growth rate.

Click here to view a complete list of US states and their 2015 GSP growth rates.

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