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State Growth And Debt Rank

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

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending and Debt
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2009  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in $ billion
StateState &
Local
Spending
State &
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Alaska$14.5$10.1$50.58.8%0.7 more
 Rhode Island$10.7$11.7$47.8-1.2%1.1 more
 Nebraska$18.8$13.6$86.70.2%1.8 more
 New Hampshire$10.6$11.0$60.7-1.6%1.3 more
 New Jersey$96.7$92.6$484.2-4.2%8.8 more
 New Mexico$21.2$16.2$82.70.1%2.0 more
 Nevada$22.5$25.9$119.5-9.0%2.7 more
 New York$278.7$297.3$1,143.92.1%19.3 more
 Ohio$108.0$75.6$477.9-4.9%11.5 more
 Oklahoma$30.1$18.3$143.4-1.5%3.7 more
 Oregon$37.6$33.3$181.2-0.5%3.8 more
 Pennsylvania$120.5$119.3$567.8-1.8%12.7 more
 South Carolina$42.1$40.2$161.0-3.7%4.6 more
 North Carolina$76.8$51.6$408.9-3.1%9.4 more
 South Dakota$6.5$5.6$36.51.0%0.8 more
 Tennessee$52.8$36.5$247.3-3.9%6.3 more
 Texas$204.0$231.2$1,171.5-0.3%24.8 more
 All states combined$2,989.0$2,713.2$14,418.7-2.8%306.2 more
 Utah$24.0$18.1$114.5-1.3%2.7 more
 Virginia$65.3$58.7$409.80.5%7.9 more
 Vermont$6.4$4.4$25.2-2.6%0.6 more
 Washington$72.5$66.7$351.3-2.2%6.7 more
 Wisconsin$52.8$41.2$245.8-2.6%5.7 more
 West Virginia$14.6$9.9$63.50.1%1.8 more
 North Dakota$6.1$4.1$32.42.4%0.7 more
 Montana$8.5$6.1$35.6-2.9%1.0 more
 Alabama$41.2$27.6$169.6-3.3%4.8 more
 Iowa$28.3$15.5$136.6-1.8%3.0 more
 Arkansas$20.7$13.0$100.1-2.7%2.9 more
 Arizona$53.9$48.6$243.1-8.2%6.3 more
 California$425.8$374.8$1,913.7-4.4%37.0 more
 Colorado$45.7$50.3$250.1-1.1%5.0 more
 Connecticut$37.6$38.1$226.1-4.7%3.6 more
 District of Columbia$12.6$9.8$98.9-1.2%0.6 more
 Delaware$9.4$8.2$56.44.0%0.9 more
 Florida$160.5$148.4$721.9-6.3%18.7 more
 Georgia$76.2$53.6$402.7-4.0%9.6 more
 Hawaii$14.3$11.5$65.0-3.5%1.3 more
 Idaho$11.6$5.9$53.8-4.5%1.6 more
 Mississippi$26.2$13.4$92.2-3.3%3.0 more
 Illinois$124.5$128.3$640.0-2.7%12.8 more
 Indiana$51.5$51.2$263.4-6.3%6.5 more
 Kansas$25.8$26.7$122.4-3.9%2.8 more
 Kentucky$36.0$39.3$156.1-3.9%4.3 more
 Louisiana$48.0$34.5$209.51.7%4.5 more
 Massachusetts$73.1$97.6$382.7-2.2%6.5 more
 Maryland$54.7$40.9$303.3-0.2%5.7 more
 Maine$11.9$7.9$50.2-1.8%1.3 more
 Michigan$86.3$80.1$366.4-8.1%9.9 more
 Minnesota$54.4$43.8$259.5-3.9%5.3 more
 Missouri$48.4$42.6$249.6-1.8%6.0 more
 Wyoming$8.4$2.3$37.2-2.6%0.6 more
Notes: actual estimated guesstimated1

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

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Data Sources for 2009:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances

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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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