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State Welfare Spending Rank

Compare state and local welfare 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 2013  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

StateState
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Texas0.50%0.16%0.66%$1,527.24.3%26.5 more
 Wyoming0.73%0.08%0.80%$40.50.4%0.6 more
 Alabama0.56%0.26%0.82%$191.60.8%4.8 more
 Kansas0.72%0.11%0.83%$142.8-0.8%2.9 more
 North Dakota0.61%0.23%0.84%$54.42.1%0.7 more
 Missouri0.65%0.24%0.89%$274.51.5%6.0 more
 South Carolina0.74%0.18%0.92%$180.91.1%4.8 more
 Iowa0.80%0.14%0.93%$163.50.6%3.1 more
 Georgia0.69%0.29%0.98%$450.91.6%10.0 more
 New Mexico0.86%0.17%1.02%$91.3-0.9%2.1 more
 Arizona0.79%0.25%1.03%$271.10.1%6.6 more
 Virginia0.56%0.47%1.03%$451.9-0.2%8.3 more
 Oklahoma0.87%0.18%1.05%$182.42.7%3.9 more
 Louisiana0.73%0.33%1.05%$238.3-2.6%4.6 more
 South Dakota0.90%0.17%1.07%$44.91.3%0.8 more
 Florida0.62%0.47%1.10%$797.32.3%19.6 more
 Utah0.83%0.29%1.12%$134.92.9%2.9 more
 Indiana0.95%0.18%1.12%$310.72.2%6.6 more
 Tennessee0.88%0.27%1.15%$289.31.1%6.5 more
 Delaware1.02%0.13%1.16%$61.4-1.2%0.9 more
 Colorado0.61%0.56%1.17%$288.82.1%5.3 more
 Idaho1.06%0.11%1.17%$61.12.5%1.6 more
 Mississippi0.95%0.26%1.21%$103.3-0.5%3.0 more
 Nebraska0.96%0.27%1.23%$107.22.6%1.9 more
 Arkansas1.08%0.17%1.25%$116.72.6%3.0 more
 West Virginia1.13%0.16%1.29%$72.81.4%1.9 more
 Washington0.95%0.35%1.29%$402.81.4%7.0 more
 District of Columbia0.00%1.31%1.31%$111.8-0.4%0.6 more
 Kentucky1.21%0.12%1.33%$182.71.0%4.4 more
 Hawaii1.18%0.15%1.34%$74.00.8%1.4 more
 New Hampshire0.89%0.47%1.36%$67.30.1%1.3 more
 North Carolina0.76%0.62%1.38%$454.51.3%9.8 more
 All states combined0.87%0.53%1.40%$16,663.21.5%316.4 more
 Illinois1.12%0.32%1.44%$720.5-0.7%12.9 more
 Nevada1.00%0.49%1.49%$126.9-0.3%2.8 more
 Montana1.22%0.27%1.49%$43.21.2%1.0 more
 Minnesota0.80%0.70%1.50%$307.22.5%5.4 more
 Michigan1.25%0.29%1.54%$431.11.6%9.9 more
 Wisconsin0.94%0.62%1.56%$281.50.7%5.7 more
 Connecticut1.22%0.35%1.56%$242.4-0.4%3.6 more
 Maryland1.22%0.35%1.56%$337.4-0.1%5.9 more
 Oregon1.36%0.31%1.68%$197.7-1.4%3.9 more
 Ohio0.89%0.83%1.72%$559.01.0%11.6 more
 New York0.56%1.20%1.76%$1,335.10.2%19.7 more
 New Jersey1.40%0.36%1.77%$530.10.4%8.9 more
 Massachusetts1.39%0.38%1.77%$438.6-0.6%6.7 more
 Pennsylvania1.10%0.73%1.84%$645.41.2%12.8 more
 Alaska1.59%0.31%1.90%$59.9-5.3%0.7 more
 Vermont1.67%0.26%1.93%$28.6-0.4%0.6 more
 Rhode Island1.52%0.43%1.95%$52.80.6%1.1 more
 Maine1.71%0.30%2.01%$53.3-0.8%1.3 more
 California1.02%1.06%2.08%$2,215.22.6%38.4 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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Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
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CBO Long Term Budget Outlook 2016

On July 12, 2016, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual Long Term Budget Outlook for 2016, which projects federal spending and revenue out into the 2040s.  As before, the CBO study shows that federal health-care programs will eat the budget, with federal spending exceeding 28 percent GDP by mid century while federal revenue stays below 20 percent GDP.

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