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Compare state and local welfare spending for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2017  +1yr +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP

State State
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Alabama0.46%0.22%0.68%$219.542.4%4.9 more
 Alaska1.76%0.35%2.11%$51.261.6%0.7 more
 Arizona0.70%0.13%0.83%$311.812.1%7.0 more
 Arkansas0.73%0.07%0.80%$130.492.3%3.0 more
 California0.74%0.96%1.70%$2,702.333.3%39.5 more
 Colorado0.47%0.49%0.96%$337.613.1%5.6 more
 Connecticut0.92%0.41%1.33%$277.152.0%3.6 more
 Delaware0.79%0.07%0.86%$73.552.5%1.0 more
 District of Columbia0.26%1.26%1.52%$133.862.7%0.7 more
 Florida0.40%0.30%0.71%$969.472.9%21.0 more
 Georgia0.39%0.20%0.59%$541.282.7%10.4 more
 Hawaii0.90%0.17%1.08%$86.492.4%1.4 more
 Idaho0.74%0.07%0.81%$69.862.5%1.7 more
 Illinois0.85%0.23%1.09%$841.342.6%12.8 more
 Indiana0.75%0.10%0.85%$362.792.4%6.7 more
 Iowa0.66%0.08%0.74%$184.762.1%3.1 more
 Kansas0.53%0.14%0.67%$155.191.9%2.9 more
 Kentucky0.89%0.05%0.94%$208.952.2%4.4 more
 Louisiana0.50%0.21%0.71%$251.532.4%4.7 more
 Maine1.56%0.33%1.89%$60.541.9%1.3 more
 Maryland0.96%0.36%1.31%$392.892.3%6.0 more
 Massachusetts1.08%0.26%1.34%$517.752.5%6.8 more
 Michigan0.91%0.15%1.06%$505.872.3%9.9 more
 Minnesota0.65%0.63%1.28%$360.352.6%5.6 more
 Mississippi0.80%0.31%1.11%$113.732.1%3.0 more
 Missouri0.44%0.13%0.57%$315.872.3%6.1 more
 Montana0.97%0.18%1.15%$49.123.0%1.1 more
 Nebraska0.87%0.20%1.08%$122.112.5%1.9 more
 Nevada0.74%0.44%1.18%$154.772.8%3.0 more
 New Hampshire0.81%0.44%1.25%$77.852.1%1.3 more
 New Jersey0.86%0.22%1.08%$615.232.4%9.0 more
 New Mexico0.76%0.09%0.85%$94.002.1%2.1 more
 New York0.27%0.89%1.16%$1,557.582.3%19.7 more
 North Carolina0.27%0.46%0.73%$546.582.8%10.3 more
 North Dakota0.76%0.25%1.02%$54.511.1%0.8 more
 Ohio0.79%0.55%1.33%$652.972.4%11.6 more
 Oklahoma0.82%0.19%1.01%$180.362.3%3.9 more
 Oregon1.08%0.18%1.27%$237.053.3%4.2 more
 Pennsylvania0.75%0.54%1.30%$734.722.4%12.8 more
 Rhode Island1.20%0.21%1.41%$61.412.2%1.1 more
 South Carolina0.54%0.15%0.69%$216.402.5%5.0 more
 South Dakota0.85%0.11%0.96%$49.702.4%0.9 more
 Tennessee0.75%0.19%0.94%$341.992.5%6.7 more
 Texas0.45%0.09%0.54%$1,640.543.2%28.3 more
 All states combined0.65%0.47%1.12%$19,302.801.9%325.4 more
 Utah0.61%0.17%0.78%$160.023.0%3.1 more
 Vermont1.53%0.10%1.63%$32.411.9%0.6 more
 Virginia0.48%0.50%0.98%$517.732.3%8.5 more
 Washington0.64%0.22%0.86%$483.922.8%7.4 more
 West Virginia0.96%0.08%1.05%$76.281.8%1.8 more
 Wisconsin0.70%0.75%1.46%$331.342.4%5.8 more
 Wyoming0.79%0.10%0.90%$38.502.0%0.6 more
Notes: guesstimated1 estimated

1. "Guesstimated" by projecting the latest change in reported number forward to future years. GSP deviation from national GDP growth cut by 40% per year.

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 2017:

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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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