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Current Government Spending in the US

Fiscal Year Federal SpendingState SpendingLocal SpendingTotal Spending
2015$3.69 trillion$1.61 trillion$1.76 trillion$6.43 trillion
2016$3.85 trillion$1.66 trillion$1.81 trillion$6.66 trillion
2017$4.15 trillion$1.72 trillion$1.87 trillion$7.04 trillion
2018$4.35 trillion$1.78 trillion$1.93 trillion$7.34 trillion

Note that federal spending is gross spending, and includes monies transferred to state and local governments. State and local spending is direct spending on programs.

State 2014 Government Spending

There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows State spending. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.

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State 2014 Spending by Function

Function -yr 2014 +yr  
  Total Spending$1.6 trillion 
  Pensions$0.2 trillion 
  Health Care$0.5 trillion 
  Education$0.3 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



Deficit / Debt

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GDP / Spending

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Spending by Government Level

Government Spending includes federal, state, and local spending. Intergovernmental transfers represent federal grants and transfers spent by states or local governments on programs at the state or local level.

 2013 2014 2015 
 Federal Spending3.53.53.7 
 State Spending1.51.61.6 
 Local Spending1.71.71.8 
 Intergovernmental Transfers-0.5-0.6-0.6 
 Total Spending6.16.26.4 
Spending: actual guesstimated2

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.

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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 measuringworth.com.

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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Data Sources for 2014:

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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The Feds Borrow More Than The "Deficit"

People naturally assume that the annual Deficit is the total that the Federal government borrows each year. Actually this is not so. The Deficit is simply the difference between Federal Outlays and Federal Receipts. Usually, the Feds borrow a lot more than the official Deficit.

Like below, in $ billion:

YearGross
Debt
Debt
Increase
Federal
Deficit
Other
Borrow
2000562924-236259
20057905551318232
20101352916531294359
20111476412351300-64
20121605112871087200
201316719669680-11
2014177951075485590
201518120326438-113
2016195371417587830

We have provided the difference between the Debt increase and the Deficit for each year under "Other Borrowings" on the Spending Details page. To Recap:

Other Borrowings = (Increase in Federal Debt) - (Official Deficit)

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