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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 2012  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP
StateState &
Local
Spending
State &
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Alaska23.80%15.42%$61.615.5%0.7 more
 Rhode Island22.21%23.18%$51.491.0%1.1 more
 Nebraska19.60%14.79%$102.160.4%1.9 more
 New Hampshire17.23%16.34%$66.010.9%1.3 more
 New Jersey19.64%19.85%$518.421.8%8.9 more
 New Mexico23.32%18.22%$90.540.3%2.1 more
 Nevada18.31%22.95%$125.21-0.2%2.8 more
 New York22.98%26.18%$1,299.812.9%19.6 more
 Ohio20.72%14.92%$544.551.9%11.6 more
 Oklahoma17.97%10.83%$173.914.5%3.8 more
 Oregon20.29%17.54%$196.98-3.0%3.9 more
 Pennsylvania20.70%20.67%$626.321.1%12.8 more
 South Carolina23.66%23.36%$175.430.2%4.7 more
 North Carolina19.15%11.56%$439.33-0.3%9.7 more
 South Dakota16.02%13.54%$43.26-0.9%0.8 more
 Tennessee19.87%13.20%$280.843.4%6.5 more
 Texas15.18%18.80%$1,440.825.4%26.1 more
 All states combined19.48%18.25%$16,155.302.2%314.0 more
 Utah19.84%15.29%$129.010.8%2.9 more
 Virginia16.06%14.69%$444.530.7%8.2 more
 Vermont24.67%16.30%$28.15-0.0%0.6 more
 Washington19.24%19.51%$390.152.6%6.9 more
 Wisconsin20.40%15.91%$273.881.4%5.7 more
 West Virginia23.27%15.40%$70.92-1.5%1.9 more
 North Dakota15.29%9.48%$52.2021.7%0.7 more
 Montana22.25%13.65%$42.141.1%1.0 more
 Alabama22.26%15.65%$187.281.0%4.8 more
 Iowa19.99%11.42%$159.103.7%3.1 more
 Arkansas21.79%12.52%$111.540.1%3.0 more
 Arizona19.23%18.59%$266.132.1%6.5 more
 California21.06%19.80%$2,121.602.4%38.0 more
 Colorado17.91%18.50%$277.652.4%5.2 more
 Connecticut17.29%17.97%$238.320.2%3.6 more
 District of Columbia12.59%10.57%$109.76-0.0%0.6 more
 Delaware17.27%13.55%$60.77-1.0%0.9 more
 Florida20.60%19.22%$764.651.8%19.3 more
 Georgia18.00%12.83%$434.981.4%9.9 more
 Hawaii20.49%19.45%$72.101.3%1.4 more
 Idaho19.42%10.67%$58.550.4%1.6 more
 Mississippi27.19%14.29%$102.083.1%3.0 more
 Illinois18.07%20.52%$712.602.3%12.9 more
 Indiana17.49%16.65%$299.910.2%6.5 more
 Kansas18.76%18.89%$141.600.6%2.9 more
 Kentucky22.21%23.89%$178.211.1%4.4 more
 Louisiana19.76%16.14%$243.310.6%4.6 more
 Massachusetts18.38%22.19%$432.262.3%6.7 more
 Maryland18.64%13.93%$331.420.4%5.9 more
 Maine23.79%16.41%$52.61-0.1%1.3 more
 Michigan21.24%18.43%$417.331.6%9.9 more
 Minnesota19.20%16.41%$294.731.3%5.4 more
 Missouri19.32%17.43%$265.180.7%6.0 more
 Wyoming21.90%6.01%$39.91-4.4%0.6 more
Notes: actual estimated

Data Sources:
State GDP Information
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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Data Sources for 2012:

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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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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