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

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Debt
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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2011  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 District of Columbia0.00%10.42%10.42%$108.21.9%0.6 more
 Tennessee2.23%11.88%14.11%$264.12.6%6.4 more
 Nebraska2.37%12.72%15.09%$99.03.8%1.8 more
 Texas2.85%16.44%19.29%$1,350.83.7%25.7 more
 Georgia3.16%9.64%12.80%$424.51.4%9.8 more
 Wyoming3.17%2.27%5.44%$43.10.2%0.6 more
 Arkansas3.38%8.86%12.25%$110.92.4%2.9 more
 Nevada3.43%19.65%23.09%$122.40.6%2.7 more
 North Carolina4.28%7.56%11.85%$433.30.9%9.7 more
 Minnesota4.52%11.86%16.38%$285.52.1%5.3 more
 Alabama4.97%11.30%16.27%$182.41.2%4.8 more
 Iowa5.04%7.19%12.22%$150.32.3%3.1 more
 Kansas5.05%14.82%19.87%$136.63.6%2.9 more
 North Dakota5.09%5.90%10.99%$40.59.6%0.7 more
 Arizona5.51%14.04%19.56%$257.01.7%6.5 more
 Utah5.78%10.36%16.14%$124.72.7%2.8 more
 Florida5.90%14.73%20.63%$736.9-0.6%19.1 more
 Virginia6.13%8.65%14.78%$432.20.6%8.1 more
 Colorado6.13%13.24%19.36%$266.61.0%5.1 more
 Ohio6.19%9.00%15.20%$520.42.9%11.5 more
 Oklahoma6.33%5.59%11.92%$162.12.6%3.8 more
 Idaho6.89%3.92%10.80%$57.1-0.2%1.6 more
 Mississippi6.92%7.61%14.53%$97.8-0.3%3.0 more
 Oregon7.12%10.35%17.48%$200.94.4%3.9 more
 All states combined7.34%11.49%18.84%$15,517.91.6%311.7 more
 California7.36%13.33%20.68%$2,034.01.2%37.7 more
 Pennsylvania7.51%13.21%20.72%$602.71.1%12.7 more
 Washington7.56%12.34%19.90%$372.40.7%6.8 more
 Indiana7.60%9.46%17.06%$291.40.2%6.5 more
 Louisiana7.63%8.42%16.04%$241.8-3.4%4.6 more
 Michigan7.76%10.75%18.51%$398.92.0%9.9 more
 Maryland7.81%5.99%13.80%$323.11.3%5.8 more
 Missouri8.02%9.93%17.95%$258.0-1.0%6.0 more
 South Dakota8.37%5.15%13.51%$42.45.0%0.8 more
 Kentucky8.53%16.01%24.54%$172.91.9%4.4 more
 Wisconsin8.67%8.08%16.76%$263.82.0%5.7 more
 South Carolina8.94%15.02%23.97%$171.62.2%4.7 more
 New Mexico9.36%10.73%20.09%$86.70.1%2.1 more
 Illinois9.52%11.85%21.37%$680.41.8%12.9 more
 Delaware9.80%4.13%13.93%$59.31.2%0.9 more
 Montana10.03%4.25%14.29%$40.23.4%1.0 more
 West Virginia10.60%5.13%15.73%$69.92.2%1.9 more
 New York10.93%16.18%27.12%$1,234.11.3%19.5 more
 Alaska11.27%6.47%17.74%$56.92.6%0.7 more
 Hawaii11.29%7.80%19.09%$70.11.6%1.4 more
 Maine11.35%5.89%17.25%$52.0-0.9%1.3 more
 Vermont12.62%4.14%16.76%$27.62.8%0.6 more
 New Jersey12.83%7.67%20.50%$498.9-0.8%8.8 more
 Connecticut13.05%4.67%17.72%$234.0-0.9%3.6 more
 New Hampshire13.15%4.34%17.50%$64.20.9%1.3 more
 Rhode Island18.37%5.55%23.92%$49.9-0.3%1.1 more
 Massachusetts19.36%4.43%23.80%$412.72.3%6.6 more
Notes: estimated actual

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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State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
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FY16 Budget
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FY17 Budget
Change
Federal Outlays$4,217.8$4,147.2-$70.6
Federal Receipts$3,755.0$3,643.7-$111.3
Federal Deficit$462.8$503.5+$40.7

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