State, Local Govt. Spending Rises
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Spending by state and local governments climbed to $1.6 trillion in 1999, with schools, welfare and transportation the priorities, the Census Bureau said.
Spending rose 6 percent from 1998, while revenues for state and local governments increased 4 percent to $1.8 trillion, according to the report being released Monday.
California, the nation’s most populous state, spent the most money and took in the most revenue. Spending in California neared $218 billion, while revenues exceeded $242 billion.
Nationwide, state and local governments spent the most on education ($483 billion), followed by welfare programs ($215 billion) and highways ($93 billion).
Taxes were the biggest source of revenue. State governments relied primarily on individual income taxes ($173 billion), while local governments depended on property taxes ($228 billion).
The data was the latest available from the Census Bureau.
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