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State, Local Govt. Spending Rises

September 10, 2001

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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