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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 +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP

State State
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 Alabama1.37%0.10%1.47%$216.92.7%4.9 more
 Alaska1.66%0.05%1.70%$60.52.0%0.7 more
 Arizona1.16%0.11%1.26%$311.82.9%6.9 more
 Arkansas1.11%0.04%1.14%$131.92.7%3.0 more
 California1.30%0.45%1.75%$2,561.73.5%39.5 more
 Colorado1.32%0.07%1.39%$346.24.2%5.6 more
 Connecticut1.23%0.25%1.47%$275.22.7%3.6 more
 Delaware0.79%0.08%0.88%$68.72.9%1.0 more
 District of Columbia0.04%0.24%0.29%$126.73.0%0.7 more
 Florida0.75%0.22%0.97%$934.83.4%20.6 more
 Georgia1.00%0.13%1.13%$527.63.3%10.3 more
 Hawaii1.26%0.03%1.29%$84.62.7%1.4 more
 Idaho1.18%0.01%1.19%$71.03.4%1.7 more
 Illinois1.28%0.66%1.94%$814.52.9%12.8 more
 Indiana0.67%0.03%0.70%$344.62.6%6.6 more
 Iowa1.04%0.00%1.04%$185.32.6%3.1 more
 Kansas0.89%0.05%0.94%$161.13.1%2.9 more
 Kentucky1.76%0.03%1.79%$205.62.8%4.4 more
 Louisiana1.37%0.08%1.46%$272.03.1%4.7 more
 Maine1.34%0.03%1.37%$60.62.5%1.3 more
 Maryland0.85%0.30%1.15%$380.02.7%6.0 more
 Massachusetts0.94%0.35%1.29%$508.43.3%6.8 more
 Michigan1.28%0.33%1.62%$497.63.1%9.9 more
 Minnesota1.12%0.07%1.20%$345.32.9%5.5 more
 Mississippi1.92%0.01%1.93%$112.22.0%3.0 more
 Missouri1.17%0.21%1.38%$310.32.8%6.1 more
 Montana1.56%0.03%1.59%$48.43.1%1.0 more
 Nebraska0.43%0.25%0.67%$122.12.7%1.9 more
 Nevada1.25%0.07%1.32%$144.62.8%2.9 more
 New Hampshire0.78%0.02%0.79%$79.13.3%1.3 more
 New Jersey1.58%0.00%1.58%$595.62.6%9.0 more
 New Mexico1.80%0.02%1.82%$101.02.8%2.1 more
 New York1.19%0.82%2.01%$1,560.03.4%19.8 more
 North Carolina0.95%0.01%0.96%$530.22.9%10.1 more
 North Dakota0.85%0.04%0.88%$63.34.8%0.8 more
 Ohio2.31%0.05%2.36%$641.33.2%11.6 more
 Oklahoma1.10%0.04%1.15%$202.53.5%3.9 more
 Oregon1.67%0.07%1.74%$240.93.8%4.1 more
 Pennsylvania1.28%0.21%1.49%$728.13.1%12.8 more
 Rhode Island1.57%0.34%1.91%$60.12.9%1.1 more
 South Carolina1.52%0.01%1.53%$210.63.2%5.0 more
 South Dakota0.87%0.04%0.91%$50.02.7%0.9 more
 Tennessee0.61%0.19%0.80%$330.43.0%6.7 more
 Texas0.73%0.11%0.83%$1,851.04.4%28.0 more
 All states combined1.17%0.25%1.42%$18,818.63.0%324.0 more
 Utah0.89%0.01%0.89%$157.23.6%3.0 more
 Vermont0.77%0.02%0.80%$32.32.7%0.6 more
 Virginia0.76%0.20%0.96%$501.62.5%8.4 more
 Washington1.15%0.07%1.22%$475.23.5%7.3 more
 West Virginia1.33%0.07%1.40%$85.44.4%1.8 more
 Wisconsin1.36%0.16%1.53%$319.72.8%5.8 more
 Wyoming1.25%0.04%1.29%$49.64.4%0.6 more
Notes: estimated guesstimated1

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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State and Local Finances Update for FY 2013

On February 1, 2016 usgovernmentspending.com learned that the US Census Bureau may not continue distributing a "flat file" of state and local finances, but only publish a summary of state and local finances.

So we have adapted our state and local finance process to extract the necessary data from the summary files published at the Bureau's State and Local Finance page. Briefly, this means that many detail functions, such as elementary education, are compressed to a single data item instead of two or three.

On February 6, 2016 we updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2013 using the newly Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances summaries for FY 2013 released in Fall 2015.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2013 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2013 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual local spending and revenue for FY2013:

FY 2013Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Local Spending$1,601$1,684
Local Revenue$1,094$1,169

We will update the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2014-20 after the FY2017 federal budget update.

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