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Government Spending Totals

Total government spending in the United States comprises spending by the federal government, spending by the state governments, and spending by local governments such as cities and counties and school districts.

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Total Government Spending
in the United States
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 Federal Gross Spending    20% GDP   
 Intergovernmental    -3% GDP   
 State Direct Spending    9% GDP   
 Local Direct Spending    11% GDP   
 Total Spending    36% GDP   
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Federal spending is gross spending, total outlays including monies transferred to states and local governments. Actual federal outlays spent directly on programs is (Federal Gross Spending less Intergovernmental). Numbers for state and local spending are “direct spending,” monies spent directly on programs.

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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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Federal Revenue by State for 2013

On April 6, 2014, we updated usgovernmentspending.com with the numbers from "SOI Tax Stats - Gross Collections, by Type of Tax and State, Fiscal Year - IRS Data Book Table 5" of the IRS Data Book for 2013.  The data can be viewed on the Federal Revenue by State page here.

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