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Compare States Debt

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

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Debt
as percent GDP

Spending as percent of GSP
 Total Spending
 Pensions
 Health Care
 Education
 Welfare
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 Debt
 GSP Growth

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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

Gross Public Debt

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 District of Columbia0.00%10.19%10.19%$0.12.0%0.6 more
 Tennessee2.23%12.23%14.46%$0.12.8%6.4 more
 Nebraska2.39%10.79%13.17%$0.13.8%1.8 more
 Texas2.84%16.19%19.03%$0.14.2%25.6 more
 Wyoming3.16%2.33%5.49%$0.11.1%0.6 more
 Georgia3.18%9.72%12.90%$0.10.9%9.8 more
 Arkansas3.24%8.47%11.72%$0.11.6%2.9 more
 Nevada3.41%19.05%22.46%$0.10.8%2.7 more
 North Carolina4.32%7.59%11.91%$0.10.3%9.7 more
 Minnesota4.51%11.85%16.37%$0.12.5%5.3 more
 Alabama4.99%11.13%16.12%$0.11.2%4.8 more
 Iowa5.08%7.22%12.30%$0.11.6%3.1 more
 North Dakota5.09%5.84%10.93%$0.19.2%0.7 more
 Kansas5.09%14.95%20.04%$0.13.8%2.9 more
 Arizona5.49%14.24%19.72%$0.12.6%6.5 more
 Utah5.73%10.28%16.01%$0.13.0%2.8 more
 Florida5.90%14.73%20.63%$0.1-0.4%19.1 more
 Ohio5.97%8.97%14.94%$0.12.6%11.5 more
 Colorado6.14%13.47%19.60%$0.11.5%5.1 more
 Virginia6.16%8.68%14.84%$0.10.7%8.1 more
 Oklahoma6.20%5.41%11.61%$0.13.4%3.8 more
 Idaho6.90%4.04%10.94%$0.10.1%1.6 more
 Mississippi7.03%7.71%14.74%$0.1-0.8%3.0 more
 Oregon7.05%10.37%17.42%$0.14.0%3.9 more
 All states combined7.29%11.43%18.72%$0.11.8%311.6 more
 California7.37%13.26%20.63%$0.11.7%37.7 more
 Pennsylvania7.42%12.82%20.24%$0.11.4%12.7 more
 Indiana7.58%9.33%16.92%$0.10.3%6.5 more
 Washington7.60%12.40%20.01%$0.10.7%6.8 more
 Louisiana7.60%8.31%15.92%$0.1-2.8%4.6 more
 Michigan7.73%10.69%18.42%$0.12.2%9.9 more
 Maryland7.74%5.93%13.67%$0.11.7%5.8 more
 Missouri7.96%9.78%17.74%$0.1-0.9%6.0 more
 South Dakota8.35%5.16%13.51%$0.14.9%0.8 more
 Kentucky8.55%15.89%24.44%$0.11.6%4.4 more
 Wisconsin8.70%8.13%16.83%$0.11.7%5.7 more
 South Carolina8.94%14.99%23.93%$0.13.1%4.7 more
 New Mexico9.30%9.77%19.06%$0.11.1%2.1 more
 Illinois9.57%11.92%21.49%$0.11.6%12.9 more
 Delaware9.91%4.21%14.12%$0.10.2%0.9 more
 Montana10.60%4.25%14.85%$0.13.3%1.0 more
 West Virginia10.66%5.16%15.82%$0.12.5%1.9 more
 Alaska10.96%6.45%17.41%$0.14.2%0.7 more
 New York10.96%16.22%27.17%$0.11.2%19.5 more
 Hawaii11.34%7.83%19.18%$0.11.8%1.4 more
 Maine11.41%5.95%17.36%$0.1-1.1%1.3 more
 Vermont12.65%4.52%17.17%$0.12.2%0.6 more
 New Jersey12.70%7.59%20.29%$0.1-0.5%8.8 more
 Connecticut12.98%4.66%17.65%$0.1-0.9%3.6 more
 New Hampshire13.18%4.35%17.53%$0.11.1%1.3 more
 Massachusetts17.96%4.41%22.37%$0.12.2%6.6 more
 Rhode Island18.38%5.54%23.92%$0.1-0.1%1.1 more
Notes: actual 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:
See 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 2011:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
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 FY14 Tax Update

On September 27, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated FY2014 state revenue with quarterly tax data from the US Census Bureau.  Local tax data was updated by assuming that local taxes for 2014 changed by the same percent as state taxes of the same type.

The following table shows "guesstimated" US state and local total revenue before and after the change.

Revenue
$ billion
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
Before2,6682,7162,809-
After2,4152,5892,6752,714

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