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State Debt Ranking Percent GDP

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 2017  +1yr +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 New York9.09%13.61%22.71%$1,557.582.3%19.7 more
 South Carolina7.57%13.74%21.31%$216.402.5%5.0 more
 Rhode Island15.12%4.28%19.40%$61.412.2%1.1 more
 Washington7.86%10.97%18.83%$483.922.8%7.4 more
 Florida3.56%15.09%18.65%$969.472.9%21.0 more
 Kentucky7.13%11.37%18.50%$208.952.2%4.4 more
 Illinois8.65%9.81%18.45%$841.342.6%12.8 more
 Connecticut12.99%4.53%17.52%$277.152.0%3.6 more
 California6.74%10.44%17.18%$2,702.333.3%39.5 more
 Pennsylvania6.79%10.38%17.17%$734.722.4%12.8 more
 Massachusetts14.03%2.99%17.03%$517.752.5%6.8 more
 West Virginia12.33%4.68%17.02%$76.281.8%1.8 more
 Colorado5.56%11.36%16.92%$337.613.1%5.6 more
 New Jersey11.68%5.16%16.85%$615.232.4%9.0 more
 Nevada2.26%14.56%16.82%$154.772.8%3.0 more
 Hawaii10.22%6.49%16.70%$86.492.4%1.4 more
 Texas2.65%13.97%16.62%$1,640.543.2%28.3 more
 Kansas4.30%12.20%16.50%$155.191.9%2.9 more
 Louisiana7.93%8.39%16.32%$251.532.4%4.7 more
 All states combined6.23%9.81%16.03%$19,302.802.7%325.4 more
 Oregon6.81%9.22%16.02%$237.053.3%4.2 more
 Arkansas4.97%10.86%15.83%$130.492.3%3.0 more
 Michigan6.93%8.86%15.79%$505.872.3%9.9 more
 Missouri6.01%9.72%15.73%$315.872.3%6.1 more
 Arizona4.81%10.78%15.59%$311.812.1%7.0 more
 Alaska10.42%4.96%15.38%$51.261.6%0.7 more
 New Mexico6.49%8.62%15.11%$94.002.1%2.1 more
 Vermont10.13%4.43%14.56%$32.411.9%0.6 more
 Ohio5.48%9.06%14.54%$652.972.4%11.6 more
 Maine9.62%4.83%14.44%$60.541.9%1.3 more
 Minnesota5.44%8.88%14.33%$360.352.6%5.6 more
 Alabama4.01%9.99%14.00%$219.542.4%4.9 more
 Utah5.00%8.90%13.89%$160.023.0%3.1 more
 Maryland7.10%6.56%13.65%$392.892.3%6.0 more
 Indiana5.15%8.34%13.49%$362.792.4%6.7 more
 Nebraska1.71%11.60%13.31%$122.112.5%1.9 more
 District of Columbia1.87%11.26%13.13%$133.862.7%0.7 more
 Virginia5.37%7.61%12.98%$517.732.3%8.5 more
 Mississippi6.34%6.37%12.71%$113.732.1%3.0 more
 Wisconsin6.38%6.15%12.53%$331.342.4%5.8 more
 New Hampshire9.10%3.38%12.48%$77.852.1%1.3 more
 Georgia2.60%9.03%11.64%$541.282.7%10.4 more
 Montana6.59%4.93%11.52%$49.123.0%1.1 more
 Iowa3.68%7.70%11.38%$184.762.1%3.1 more
 North Dakota3.65%7.52%11.17%$54.511.1%0.8 more
 South Dakota5.83%5.14%10.96%$49.702.4%0.9 more
 Oklahoma4.37%5.51%9.88%$180.362.3%3.9 more
 Idaho5.17%4.66%9.83%$69.862.5%1.7 more
 Delaware6.36%3.35%9.71%$73.552.5%1.0 more
 Tennessee1.72%7.52%9.24%$341.992.5%6.7 more
 North Carolina2.91%6.03%8.94%$546.582.8%10.3 more
 Wyoming2.26%3.00%5.26%$38.502.0%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 2017:

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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