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This page shows the current trends in US state spending. Also see charts on US state spending history. See also: Social Security Spending and Medicare Spending
 

Recent and Estimated* US State Spending

Chart S.01s: State Spending in trillions

Chart S.02s: State Spending in percent GDP

The two charts show above show recent and "guesstimated" direct spending for state governments in the United States. On the left is a chart of spending in current dollars. On the right is a chart of spending as a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

US State Government Spending Since 1900

Chart S.03s: State Government Spending

At the start of the 20th century state government spending was the smallest component of government, expending less than one percent of GDP each year. But state government spending has steadily increased throughout the 20th century. It went over 1 percent of GDP in the 1920s and exploded to 3 percent of GDP in the 1930s. In the 1950s state government began a steady growth, from 3 percent of GDP in the early 1950s to over 8 percent of GDP by 2000.

Federal, State, Local Spending in 20th Century

Chart S.04t: Federal State and Local Spending
in 20th Century


At the start of the 20th century, government spending was principally local government spending. Out of a total of 7 percent of GDP, a full 4 percent was spent at the local level. Federal spending spiked in World War I, but in the 1920s, local government still represented about half of all government spending. In the 1930s this changed, and federal spending surged to about half of all government spending. After the spike of World War II the federal share increased again and state government spending also began to increase as a percent of GDP, so that by the 2010s federal spending checked in at over 20 percent of GDP, state spending amounted to 8 to 9 percent of GDP and local spending exceeded 10 percent of GDP.

State-by-State Comparison of State and Local Spending

Chart S.05c: State and Local Spending Comparison


The bubble chart shows total state and local spending for each state in dollars per capita compared against the Gross State Product (GSP) in dollars per capita. The chart shows that the overwhelming number of states show a correlation between state and local spending and GSP. Notable outliers are Texas, on the low spending side and New York, Vermont, and Alaska, on the high spending side.

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.
  Federal data since 1962 comes from the president’s budget.
  All other spending data comes from the US Census Bureau.

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 2010_2020:

Sources for 2010:

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

Sources for 2020:

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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House Budget Plan for FY16

On August 15, 2015, we updated usgovernmentspending.com with the numbers from the draft budget resolution for FY16 prepared by the House Budget Committee.  The site now shows data from the current FY16 Budget Resolution and also Ryan-authored budget resolutions for FY12, FY13, FY14 and FY15.

You can view and download data on the House Budget page here.  You can compare the House Budget with the administration's FY16 budget here.

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