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Government Spending in the US

There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local.The following table shows current spending for federal, state and local governments, and also total overall spending. Federal spending includes grants and transfers to state and local governments. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.

 2007 2008 2009 
 Federal Spending2.73.03.5 
 State Spending1.21.31.3 
 Local Spending1.51.61.6 
 Intergovernmental Transfers-0.5-0.5-0.6 
 Total Spending4.95.36.0 
Spending: actual

You can look at details of the data here. You can look at deficits here and debt here. You can create custom charts here and download data here. You can look at the federal budget here. You can take a course in spending here.

Local 2008 Government Spending

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Local 2008 Spending by Function

Function -yr 2008 +yr  
  Total Spending$1.6 trillion 
  Pensions$0.0 trillion 
  Health Care$0.1 trillion 
  Education$0.6 trillion 
  Welfare$0.1 trillion 
  Protection$0.1 trillion 
  Transport$0.1 trillion 
Spending: actual

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Data Sources:
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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GDP / Spending

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1890.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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State FY15 Tax Update

On September 27, 2015 updated FY2015 state revenue with quarterly tax data from the US Census Bureau.  Local tax data was updated by assuming that local taxes for 2015 changed by the same percent as state taxes of the same type.

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