The following charts show U.S. state and local government spending. “Total Spending-l” is local spending and “Total Spending-s” is state spending.
For additional data, click on usgovernmentspending.com.
Thomas A. Garrett and John C. Leatherman of Kansas State University in 2000 mentioned the following:
- 1960: state governments spent $740 per person, local governments spent $670 per person
- 1996: state governments spent $2,600 per person, local governments spent $1,600 per person
- Between 1960 and 1996, state expenditures and revenues as a percent of GDP doubled
- Between 1960 and 1996, local expenditures and revenues as a percent of GDP increased by 50%
To read the entire report, click on An Introduction to State and Local Public Finance.