Census: State, Local Government Revenue Dropped 22% in 2009

Data released Monday shows revenues for U.S. state and local governments fell more than 22 percent in fiscal year 2009. View a breakdown of financial figures for each state.
by | November 1, 2011

Revenues for state and local governments across the country fell 22 percent in fiscal year 2009, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The drop represents a combined $587 billion decline from fiscal year 2008. Decreases were reported in nearly all revenue categories. Corporate income tax revenues fell more than 19 percent while individual income taxes dipped 11 percent.

Combined figures for state and local governments showed the largest revenue declines in the following states:

State 2009 Revenue % Change from FY 2008
Wisconsin $22.5 billion -45.8%
Ohio $58.6 billion -42.0%
Alaska $11.7 billion -39.3%
Colorado $28.8 billion -39.0%
Oregon $19 billion -35.1%
Pennsylvania $72.3 billion -34.1%
California $232.2 billion -34.1%
Utah $16.4 billion -28.5%
New York $175.6 billion -27.4%
Illinois $75.9 billion -27.3%

Despite the decreased revenues, expenditures climbed slightly -- 4.6 percent -- in fiscal year 2009.

Areas experiencing increases include unemployment compensation (86 percent), insurance benefits and repayments (17.9 percent) and insurance trust expenditures (17.9 percent).

Debt rose, accordingly, with a 5.1 percent combined increase for state and local governments.

Other highlights from the data include:

  • Revenue from the federal government jumped 12.3 percent
  • Spending for highways accounted for more than 10 percent of expenditures in North Dakota, South Dakota and Alaska
  • Education spending comprised 28.7 percent of expenditures across all state and local governments

The Census Bureau compiled the data for its annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances.

Select a state below to view a summary of financial figures for state and local governments. Additional data is available on the bureau's website.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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