State Expenditure Report

This annual report examines spending in the functional areas of state budgets: elementary and secondary education, higher education, public assistance, Medicaid, corrections, transportation, and all other. It also includes data on capital spending by program area, as well as information on general fund and transportation fund revenue collections.



Staff Contact

Brian Sigritz


Fiscal 2016-2018

  • Total state spending rose in fiscal 2018, exceeding $2 trillion for the first time.

  • In both fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017, spending growth was below the 32-year NASBO survey historical average (not adjusted for inflation).

  • All eight regions saw increased spending growth in fiscal 2018, with the largest growth in the Far West and Southeast.

  • Transportation, Medicaid, and K-12 education all experienced strong spending growth from state funds in fiscal 2018.

  • State tax collections accelerated in fiscal 2018, increasing 6.2 percent compared to 2.5 percent growth in fiscal 2017.



Full Report


Press Coverage

State Government Spending Tops $2 Trillion
November 20, 2018

U.S. State Spending Exceeds $2 Trillion in Fiscal 2018: Report

(November 15, 2018)

Income Tax Drives Sharp Rise in State Revenues

(November 15, 2018)

Medicaid Spending Accelerates as States Spend More than $2T
(November 15,2018)