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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 2016  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

State State
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Alabama0.51%0.24%0.75%$210.10.7%4.9 more
 Alaska1.92%0.36%2.28%$50.9-0.5%0.7 more
 Arizona0.68%0.21%0.89%$298.60.3%6.9 more
 Arkansas0.79%0.17%0.96%$125.60.6%3.0 more
 California0.76%1.03%1.79%$2,564.82.2%39.5 more
 Colorado0.47%0.53%1.00%$323.51.9%5.6 more
 Connecticut0.98%0.38%1.36%$265.60.1%3.6 more
 Delaware0.68%0.11%0.79%$70.31.0%1.0 more
 District of Columbia0.52%1.31%1.84%$127.31.3%0.7 more
 Florida0.42%0.36%0.78%$920.51.6%20.6 more
 Georgia0.50%0.23%0.73%$515.01.3%10.3 more
 Hawaii1.24%0.30%1.55%$82.50.8%1.4 more
 Idaho0.77%0.08%0.85%$67.00.9%1.7 more
 Illinois1.07%0.27%1.35%$802.31.1%12.8 more
 Indiana0.95%0.11%1.06%$346.80.8%6.6 more
 Iowa0.62%0.07%0.69%$177.70.2%3.1 more
 Kansas0.70%0.09%0.79%$149.8-0.1%2.9 more
 Kentucky0.96%0.04%1.00%$200.10.4%4.4 more
 Louisiana0.55%0.21%0.76%$244.20.8%4.7 more
 Maine1.73%0.27%1.99%$58.10.0%1.3 more
 Maryland1.02%0.32%1.34%$375.40.6%6.0 more
 Massachusetts1.38%0.29%1.67%$493.70.9%6.8 more
 Michigan1.01%0.25%1.26%$482.60.6%9.9 more
 Minnesota0.85%0.77%1.62%$344.21.2%5.5 more
 Mississippi0.79%0.33%1.12%$109.40.2%3.0 more
 Missouri0.49%0.23%0.72%$302.20.5%6.1 more
 Montana0.94%0.20%1.14%$47.11.8%1.0 more
 Nebraska0.94%0.22%1.16%$117.01.0%1.9 more
 Nevada0.82%0.62%1.44%$147.11.4%2.9 more
 New Hampshire0.79%0.37%1.16%$74.60.3%1.3 more
 New Jersey1.09%0.27%1.37%$587.30.8%9.0 more
 New Mexico0.92%0.13%1.05%$91.70.2%2.1 more
 New York0.35%0.93%1.28%$1,487.80.6%19.8 more
 North Carolina0.34%0.52%0.86%$519.61.4%10.1 more
 North Dakota0.73%0.31%1.03%$53.7-1.4%0.8 more
 Ohio0.82%0.85%1.67%$625.30.8%11.6 more
 Oklahoma0.75%0.16%0.91%$177.20.6%3.9 more
 Oregon1.07%0.28%1.35%$224.92.2%4.1 more
 Pennsylvania0.87%0.51%1.37%$705.40.8%12.8 more
 Rhode Island1.54%0.41%1.95%$58.70.4%1.1 more
 South Carolina0.64%0.13%0.77%$206.10.9%5.0 more
 South Dakota0.84%0.13%0.97%$47.70.8%0.9 more
 Tennessee0.79%0.31%1.11%$325.81.0%6.7 more
 Texas0.51%0.15%0.66%$1,592.82.0%28.0 more
 All states combined0.71%0.46%1.17%$18,472.01.2%324.0 more
 Utah0.66%0.27%0.93%$152.51.7%3.0 more
 Vermont1.76%0.17%1.94%$31.1-0.1%0.6 more
 Virginia0.48%0.46%0.94%$494.80.6%8.4 more
 Washington0.77%0.40%1.17%$460.61.5%7.3 more
 West Virginia1.08%0.11%1.19%$74.1-0.2%1.8 more
 Wisconsin0.71%0.43%1.14%$316.20.9%5.8 more
 Wyoming0.83%0.13%0.95%$37.90.0%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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State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
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