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What is the Total US Government Spending?

In FY 2017, total US government spending, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $7.04 trillion, with federal $4.15 trillion; state $1.72 trillion; local $1.87 trillion.

US Government Spending Totals in $ trillion

Total government spending in the United States combines spending by federal, state, and local governments.

Total government spending includes:
Federal Gross Spending
 less Intergovernmental transfers from federal to state and local
 plus State government Direct Spending
 plus Local government Direct Spending.


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Total Government Spending
in the United States
  Fiscal Year 2011  


 Federal Gross Spending    $3.6 trillion   
 Intergovernmental    $-0.6 trillion   
 State Direct Spending    $1.5 trillion   
 Local Direct Spending    $1.6 trillion   
 Total Spending    $6.2 trillion   
  For breakdown click here | For details click here
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Spending Key:
Federal spending: actual, as reported by the Office of Management and Budget.
State spending: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.
Local spending: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.

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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 2011:

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

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

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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