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Compare state and local 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 2011  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

State and
 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
 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
 All states combined7.62%11.92%19.54%$14,958.60.9%311.6 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: guesstimated1 estimated actual

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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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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Federal Deficit and Outlay Actuals for FY15

On October 15, 2015, the US Treasury reported in its Monthly Treasury Statement (and xls) for September that the federal deficit for FY15 ending September 30 was $439 billion. Here are the numbers, including total receipts, total outlays, and deficit compared with the numbers projected in the FY 16 federal budget published in February 2015:

Federal Finances
FY15 Outcomes
Receipts $3,176$3,249
Deficit$583$439 now shows the new numbers for total FY15 outlays and receipts on its Estimate vs. Actual page.

The Monthly Treasury Statement includes ""Table 4: Receipts of the United States Government, September 2015 and Other Periods." This table of receipts by source is used for to post federal receipt actuals for FY2015.

The Monthly Treasury Statement includes "Table 9. Summary of Receipts by Source, and Outlays by Function of the U.S. Government, September 2015 and Other Periods".   This table of outlays by function makes it possible for to estimate actual outlays by "subfunction" for FY2015 by factoring budgeted amounts by the difference between budgeted and actual "function" amounts where actual outlays by subfunction cannot be gleaned from the Monthly Treasury Statement.

Final detailed FY2015 numbers will not appear until the FY2016 federal budget is published in February 2015 with the actual outlays for FY15 in Historical Table 3.2--Outlays by Function and Subfunction.

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