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Compare state and local transportation 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
(million)
 South Carolina0.61%0.34%0.95%$182.41.4%4.8 more
 Indiana0.62%0.36%0.97%$311.22.2%6.6 more
 Michigan0.33%0.72%1.04%$434.72.8%9.9 more
 Connecticut0.75%0.29%1.04%$246.91.0%3.6 more
 North Carolina0.76%0.31%1.07%$467.12.7%9.8 more
 Tennessee0.56%0.52%1.07%$290.11.6%6.5 more
 Texas0.46%0.65%1.11%$1,557.25.5%26.5 more
 Georgia0.49%0.64%1.13%$456.52.0%10.0 more
 Rhode Island0.93%0.21%1.14%$53.31.9%1.1 more
 Ohio0.52%0.63%1.15%$562.82.1%11.6 more
 Missouri0.53%0.71%1.24%$276.71.8%6.0 more
 New Hampshire0.80%0.45%1.25%$68.71.4%1.3 more
 Virginia0.78%0.47%1.26%$455.00.4%8.3 more
 Nebraska0.68%0.61%1.29%$109.43.9%1.9 more
 Maryland0.91%0.40%1.30%$339.40.7%5.9 more
 Kansas0.69%0.62%1.31%$142.4-0.3%2.9 more
 Arizona0.46%0.86%1.32%$274.70.8%6.6 more
 Massachusetts1.00%0.32%1.32%$441.51.2%6.7 more
 New Jersey1.08%0.25%1.33%$537.40.8%8.9 more
 Louisiana0.74%0.62%1.36%$246.7-2.5%4.6 more
 Oklahoma0.82%0.57%1.38%$176.41.8%3.9 more
 Alabama0.87%0.53%1.40%$194.72.5%4.8 more
 Arkansas0.88%0.54%1.42%$118.61.9%3.0 more
 New Mexico0.79%0.65%1.44%$90.81.0%2.1 more
 Iowa0.73%0.72%1.45%$166.82.2%3.1 more
 Minnesota0.49%0.99%1.48%$307.32.1%5.4 more
 Utah0.65%0.84%1.49%$135.03.7%2.9 more
 All states combined0.66%0.83%1.50%$16,768.12.2%316.4 more
 Delaware1.26%0.25%1.50%$60.80.7%0.9 more
 Florida0.68%0.84%1.52%$800.72.5%19.6 more
 Oregon0.45%1.09%1.53%$204.9-1.0%3.9 more
 Wisconsin0.66%0.91%1.57%$284.72.2%5.7 more
 Idaho0.92%0.65%1.57%$61.12.6%1.6 more
 Kentucky1.18%0.42%1.60%$183.61.2%4.4 more
 Colorado0.37%1.23%1.60%$288.32.1%5.3 more
 California0.42%1.21%1.63%$2,213.02.3%38.4 more
 Nevada0.49%1.18%1.67%$128.00.7%2.8 more
 Mississippi0.97%0.75%1.72%$104.1-1.1%3.0 more
 Illinois0.59%1.16%1.75%$724.80.2%12.9 more
 Wyoming1.27%0.52%1.79%$41.80.5%0.6 more
 Washington0.63%1.17%1.80%$407.22.3%7.0 more
 Pennsylvania1.07%0.76%1.82%$640.31.5%12.8 more
 Maine1.14%0.72%1.86%$54.60.5%1.3 more
 West Virginia1.56%0.31%1.87%$70.61.3%1.9 more
 Hawaii0.99%1.16%2.15%$75.11.4%1.4 more
 South Dakota1.35%0.93%2.27%$44.70.9%0.8 more
 Montana1.58%0.75%2.33%$43.01.0%1.0 more
 New York0.77%1.61%2.38%$1,341.61.0%19.7 more
 Vermont1.60%1.09%2.69%$28.8-0.3%0.6 more
 North Dakota1.51%1.27%2.79%$51.00.9%0.7 more
 District of Columbia0.00%2.79%2.79%$111.7-0.6%0.6 more
 Alaska2.52%0.68%3.20%$57.3-4.0%0.7 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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Data Sources for 2013:

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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State and Local Finances Update for FY 2013

On February 1, 2016 usgovernmentspending.com learned that the US Census Bureau may not continue distributing a "flat file" of state and local finances, but only publish a summary of state and local finances.

So we have adapted our state and local finance process to extract the necessary data from the summary files published at the Bureau's State and Local Finance page. Briefly, this means that many detail functions, such as elementary education, are compressed to a single data item instead of two or three.

On February 6, 2016 we updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2013 using the newly Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances summaries for FY 2013 released in Fall 2015.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2013 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2013 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual local spending and revenue for FY2013:

FY 2013Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Local Spending$1,601$1,684
Local Revenue$1,094$1,169

We will update the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2014-20 after the FY2017 federal budget update.

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