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Compare state and local debt 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

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 District of Columbia0.00%10.44%10.44%$108.031.9%0.6 more
 Tennessee2.23%11.84%14.06%$264.962.7%6.4 more
 Nebraska2.37%12.71%15.08%$99.054.2%1.8 more
 Texas2.85%16.43%19.29%$1,351.053.4%25.6 more
 Georgia3.20%9.77%12.97%$418.921.1%9.8 more
 Wyoming3.28%2.35%5.63%$41.58-0.1%0.6 more
 Nevada3.42%19.60%23.02%$122.740.7%2.7 more
 Arkansas3.43%8.98%12.41%$109.382.0%2.9 more
 North Carolina4.33%7.65%11.97%$428.731.0%9.7 more
 Minnesota4.53%11.90%16.44%$284.492.3%5.3 more
 North Dakota4.89%5.67%10.56%$42.1211.5%0.7 more
 Alabama4.98%11.33%16.31%$181.920.9%4.8 more
 Kansas5.01%14.71%19.72%$137.653.7%2.9 more
 Iowa5.07%7.23%12.30%$149.402.5%3.1 more
 Arizona5.54%14.12%19.66%$255.621.7%6.5 more
 Utah5.74%10.30%16.04%$125.502.8%2.8 more
 Florida5.91%14.77%20.68%$735.24-0.7%19.1 more
 Colorado6.12%13.23%19.35%$266.801.2%5.1 more
 Virginia6.13%8.66%14.79%$431.960.7%8.1 more
 Ohio6.18%8.98%15.16%$521.873.1%11.5 more
 Oklahoma6.20%5.48%11.69%$165.285.0%3.8 more
 Idaho6.88%3.92%10.80%$57.080.1%1.6 more
 Mississippi6.99%7.68%14.67%$96.84-0.6%3.0 more
 Oregon7.14%10.38%17.53%$200.274.2%3.9 more
 All states combined7.34%11.49%18.84%$15,517.901.6%311.7 more
 California7.37%13.34%20.71%$2,031.351.4%37.7 more
 Pennsylvania7.45%13.10%20.56%$607.401.4%12.7 more
 Washington7.56%12.34%19.90%$372.290.8%6.8 more
 Indiana7.59%9.44%17.02%$291.890.4%6.5 more
 Michigan7.72%10.68%18.40%$401.362.5%9.9 more
 Louisiana7.79%8.59%16.38%$236.96-4.5%4.6 more
 Maryland7.79%5.97%13.77%$323.941.5%5.8 more
 Missouri8.05%9.97%18.01%$257.00-1.2%6.0 more
 South Dakota8.35%5.14%13.49%$42.457.1%0.8 more
 Kentucky8.56%16.06%24.63%$172.261.8%4.4 more
 Wisconsin8.68%8.09%16.77%$263.642.2%5.7 more
 South Carolina8.96%15.06%24.02%$171.152.1%4.7 more
 New Mexico9.07%10.40%19.46%$89.540.4%2.1 more
 Illinois9.54%11.87%21.41%$679.271.9%12.9 more
 Delaware9.72%4.10%13.82%$59.761.8%0.9 more
 Montana9.88%4.19%14.06%$40.843.5%1.0 more
 West Virginia10.45%5.06%15.50%$70.892.4%1.9 more
 Alaska10.82%6.21%17.03%$59.323.5%0.7 more
 New York10.95%16.21%27.16%$1,231.940.4%19.5 more
 Hawaii11.35%7.84%19.20%$69.691.4%1.4 more
 Maine11.47%5.95%17.42%$51.48-1.2%1.3 more
 Vermont12.64%4.15%16.79%$27.572.8%0.6 more
 New Jersey12.86%7.69%20.55%$497.57-0.8%8.8 more
 Connecticut13.14%4.71%17.85%$232.27-0.7%3.6 more
 New Hampshire13.18%4.35%17.54%$64.101.0%1.3 more
 Rhode Island18.37%5.55%23.92%$49.93-0.3%1.1 more
 Massachusetts19.32%4.42%23.74%$413.672.3%6.6 more
Notes: actual estimated

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 2011:

GDP, GO: 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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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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