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State Growth And Debt Rank

Compare state and local spending and debt for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending and Debt
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2002  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP
State State &
Local
Spending
State &
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Alabama21.92%14.64%$130.182.7%4.5 more
 Alaska31.53%29.00%$29.812.8%0.6 more
 Arizona17.71%14.79%$179.892.7%5.4 more
 Arkansas19.66%11.79%$74.242.9%2.7 more
 California20.04%14.46%$1,449.542.5%34.9 more
 Colorado17.10%15.02%$189.460.6%4.5 more
 Connecticut15.78%15.88%$174.86-0.4%3.5 more
 Delaware13.81%12.85%$43.05-2.4%0.8 more
 District of Columbia11.25%7.81%$69.612.6%0.6 more
 Florida18.04%16.41%$550.493.9%16.7 more
 Georgia16.56%10.60%$323.640.5%8.5 more
 Hawaii20.78%18.70%$45.192.9%1.2 more
 Idaho19.31%10.17%$39.192.5%1.3 more
 Illinois17.00%15.74%$514.230.3%12.5 more
 Indiana16.89%11.21%$214.792.4%6.2 more
 Iowa19.18%9.46%$100.362.8%2.9 more
 Kansas17.98%13.39%$92.951.6%2.7 more
 Kentucky20.01%21.90%$123.932.6%4.1 more
 Louisiana19.28%14.80%$141.801.5%4.5 more
 Maine21.58%15.85%$40.052.5%1.3 more
 Maryland16.35%11.74%$218.533.5%5.4 more
 Massachusetts16.81%21.56%$302.970.5%6.4 more
 Michigan19.06%14.87%$365.292.9%10.0 more
 Minnesota19.66%15.53%$206.102.4%5.0 more
 Mississippi24.89%14.30%$69.440.9%2.9 more
 Missouri16.78%12.32%$196.810.8%5.7 more
 Montana23.45%16.55%$23.942.1%0.9 more
 Nebraska20.03%12.69%$62.311.7%1.7 more
 Nevada16.50%18.63%$84.643.4%2.2 more
 New Hampshire14.87%15.20%$47.513.4%1.3 more
 New Jersey16.55%14.84%$388.032.3%8.6 more
 New Mexico21.56%14.62%$58.852.5%1.9 more
 New York22.50%22.20%$879.62-0.1%19.1 more
 North Carolina17.18%11.09%$301.781.5%8.3 more
 North Dakota20.62%14.29%$20.325.4%0.6 more
 Ohio19.62%12.46%$412.002.3%11.4 more
 Oklahoma20.83%12.57%$99.530.9%3.5 more
 Oregon22.73%15.43%$122.002.7%3.5 more
 Pennsylvania19.50%19.03%$440.511.1%12.3 more
 Rhode Island20.69%19.21%$38.233.5%1.1 more
 South Carolina22.30%18.12%$126.042.1%4.1 more
 South Dakota15.64%12.62%$27.3310.8%0.8 more
 Tennessee18.53%10.69%$197.723.1%5.8 more
 Texas16.18%14.88%$801.161.6%21.7 more
 All states combined18.65%15.32%$10,977.501.8%287.0 more
 Utah20.24%17.27%$76.711.5%2.3 more
 Vermont20.96%15.99%$20.073.1%0.6 more
 Virginia14.94%12.11%$292.390.5%7.3 more
 Washington20.17%18.23%$249.941.8%6.1 more
 West Virginia26.52%18.01%$45.091.1%1.8 more
 Wisconsin20.08%15.51%$195.552.3%5.4 more
 Wyoming22.51%12.39%$19.271.6%0.5 more
Notes: actual 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

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Data Sources for 2002:

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

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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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