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

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Total Spending
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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2016  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

State State
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 Alabama10.13%10.16%20.29%$210.10.7%4.9 more
 Alaska21.37%10.77%32.13%$50.9-0.5%0.7 more
 Arizona9.06%9.20%18.26%$298.60.3%6.9 more
 Arkansas13.07%8.19%21.25%$125.60.6%3.0 more
 California8.25%10.70%18.94%$2,564.82.2%39.5 more
 Colorado8.19%9.77%17.96%$323.51.9%5.6 more
 Connecticut9.46%6.30%15.76%$265.60.1%3.6 more
 Delaware10.59%5.01%15.60%$70.31.0%1.0 more
 District of Columbia2.51%14.68%17.19%$127.31.3%0.7 more
 Florida7.69%10.64%18.33%$920.51.6%20.6 more
 Georgia6.87%8.64%15.51%$515.01.3%10.3 more
 Hawaii16.25%5.21%21.46%$82.50.8%1.4 more
 Idaho9.71%7.81%17.51%$67.00.9%1.7 more
 Illinois7.70%9.65%17.35%$802.31.1%12.8 more
 Indiana7.44%6.67%14.11%$346.80.8%6.6 more
 Iowa9.60%9.08%18.68%$177.70.2%3.1 more
 Kansas8.87%9.73%18.60%$149.8-0.1%2.9 more
 Kentucky13.32%7.77%21.09%$200.10.4%4.4 more
 Louisiana10.79%8.32%19.11%$244.20.8%4.7 more
 Maine14.55%7.31%21.86%$58.10.0%1.3 more
 Maryland9.38%7.71%17.09%$375.40.6%6.0 more
 Massachusetts9.90%7.68%17.58%$493.70.9%6.8 more
 Michigan9.56%8.99%18.56%$482.60.6%9.9 more
 Minnesota9.08%9.64%18.71%$344.21.2%5.5 more
 Mississippi14.39%12.14%26.54%$109.40.2%3.0 more
 Missouri8.36%8.75%17.11%$302.20.5%6.1 more
 Montana13.08%8.12%21.20%$47.11.8%1.0 more
 Nebraska6.74%11.02%17.76%$117.01.0%1.9 more
 Nevada6.87%9.23%16.09%$147.11.4%2.9 more
 New Hampshire8.13%7.05%15.18%$74.60.3%1.3 more
 New Jersey9.92%9.51%19.44%$587.30.8%9.0 more
 New Mexico15.06%9.65%24.71%$91.70.2%2.1 more
 New York7.91%11.27%19.18%$1,487.80.6%19.8 more
 North Carolina7.25%7.64%14.89%$519.61.4%10.1 more
 North Dakota10.63%7.30%17.92%$53.7-1.4%0.8 more
 Ohio10.73%8.76%19.49%$625.30.8%11.6 more
 Oklahoma11.28%7.15%18.43%$177.20.6%3.9 more
 Oregon11.48%8.63%20.12%$224.92.2%4.1 more
 Pennsylvania9.75%8.89%18.64%$705.40.8%12.8 more
 Rhode Island12.10%6.94%19.04%$58.70.4%1.1 more
 South Carolina11.97%10.37%22.34%$206.10.9%5.0 more
 South Dakota7.85%7.12%14.97%$47.70.8%0.9 more
 Tennessee7.35%10.94%18.29%$325.81.0%6.7 more
 Texas6.96%8.07%15.02%$1,592.82.0%28.0 more
 All states combined8.67%9.60%18.27%$18,472.01.2%324.0 more
 Utah9.64%7.95%17.59%$152.51.7%3.0 more
 Vermont15.24%8.87%24.11%$31.1-0.1%0.6 more
 Virginia7.41%7.61%15.03%$494.80.6%8.4 more
 Washington8.76%9.17%17.93%$460.61.5%7.3 more
 West Virginia15.15%8.37%23.52%$74.1-0.2%1.8 more
 Wisconsin9.65%8.90%18.55%$316.20.9%5.8 more
 Wyoming10.73%11.00%21.72%$37.90.0%0.6 more
Notes: 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:
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 2016:

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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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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.

UsGovernmentspending.com has updated its chart of the CBO Long Term Budget Outlook here.  You can download the data and also view CBO Long Term Budget Outlooks going back to 1999.

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