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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending and Debt
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2015  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP
StateState &
Local
Spending
State &
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 Wyoming20.28%4.98%$0.15.6%0.6 more
 Idaho17.27%8.54%$0.14.2%1.7 more
 North Dakota16.90%8.85%$0.16.6%0.8 more
 Oklahoma17.14%9.57%$0.14.2%3.9 more
 North Carolina18.27%10.15%$0.13.5%10.0 more
 District of Columbia9.78%10.75%$0.12.5%0.7 more
 Georgia16.37%11.28%$0.13.3%10.2 more
 Iowa17.48%12.13%$0.13.7%3.1 more
 Delaware16.42%12.47%$0.13.2%0.9 more
 Montana21.18%12.48%$0.13.8%1.0 more
 Nebraska18.01%12.60%$0.13.8%1.9 more
 Arkansas17.78%12.65%$0.13.5%3.0 more
 South Dakota14.20%12.96%$0.13.8%0.9 more
 Maryland15.00%13.29%$0.12.7%6.0 more
 Maine21.51%13.34%$0.13.0%1.3 more
 Tennessee19.58%13.95%$0.13.0%6.6 more
 West Virginia22.44%13.99%$0.14.6%1.8 more
 New Hampshire16.23%14.47%$0.13.0%1.3 more
 Oregon17.48%14.56%$0.13.6%4.0 more
 Indiana16.97%14.58%$0.13.4%6.6 more
 Vermont23.60%14.65%$0.13.4%0.6 more
 Mississippi26.35%14.82%$0.13.2%3.0 more
 Utah19.74%14.83%$0.14.1%3.0 more
 Ohio19.56%14.90%$0.13.3%11.6 more
 Minnesota17.06%15.25%$0.13.7%5.5 more
 Virginia15.86%15.35%$0.12.7%8.4 more
 Wisconsin18.61%15.39%$0.13.3%5.8 more
 New Mexico19.69%15.50%$0.13.2%2.1 more
 Arizona16.93%15.58%$0.13.1%6.8 more
 Missouri18.17%15.71%$0.12.9%6.1 more
 Alabama21.76%15.78%$0.13.0%4.9 more
 Texas14.97%16.36%$0.14.0%27.4 more
 Michigan19.19%16.53%$0.13.4%9.9 more
 Connecticut16.78%16.62%$0.13.0%3.6 more
 Florida18.60%16.96%$0.13.5%20.2 more
 All states combined17.31%17.05%$0.12.9%321.2 more
 Hawaii18.19%17.23%$0.13.3%1.4 more
 Alaska24.89%17.49%$0.11.9%0.7 more
 Colorado15.81%17.58%$0.14.1%5.4 more
 Kansas15.36%17.60%$0.13.3%2.9 more
 California18.96%17.75%$0.13.4%39.2 more
 Louisiana19.78%18.03%$0.13.1%4.7 more
 Massachusetts16.92%18.68%$0.13.2%6.8 more
 Illinois18.09%18.85%$0.13.0%12.9 more
 New Jersey18.71%18.96%$0.13.1%9.0 more
 Nevada16.95%19.08%$0.13.0%2.9 more
 Washington18.41%20.06%$0.13.6%7.2 more
 South Carolina20.04%20.19%$0.13.1%4.9 more
 Pennsylvania18.68%20.50%$0.12.9%12.8 more
 Kentucky19.69%21.60%$0.13.2%4.4 more
 Rhode Island21.12%22.00%$0.13.2%1.1 more
 New York22.45%25.56%$0.12.9%19.8 more
Notes: estimated guesstimated1

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 2015:

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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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State Finances for FY 2013

On February 3, 2015 the US Census Bureau released data on state finances for FY 2013 here, including spending and revenue for each individual state and for all states combined.

On February 3, 2015 we updated state and local spending and revenue data for FY2013 through FY2020 as follows:
  1. We replaced "guesstimatedstate spending and revenue data for FY2013 using the new FY2013 data from the Census Bureau.
  2. We replaced "guesstimatedlocal spending and revenue data for FY 2013 with estimates for each spending and revenue category using the trends in state finances between FY 2012 and FY 2013.
  3. We replaced "guesstimatedstate revenue data for FY 2014 with data from the Census Bureau's quarterly state tax summary here.
  4. We replaced "guesstimatedlocal revenue data for FY 2014 with estimates for each category using trends for each category of state revenue between FY 2013 and FY 2014.
  5. We replaced "guesstimated" state and local spending and revenue for FY 2014 thru FY2020 with new guesstimates based on the latest Census Bureau data for FY 2013 state finances and FY 2014 quarterly tax data.
We expect the Census Bureau to release local spending and revenue data for FY 2013 not earlier than Summer 2015.

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