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NYS Comptroller



Total Spending

Actual State Spending Versus Spending at the Rate of Inflation 2016 Total State Spending Per Person by Program Area

Spending generally reflects the State’s program priorities. Comparing spending to revenue provides an indication of the State’s ability to support continuing programs. State spending, which includes spending from federal funds, is recorded on a cash basis.

See Appendices 1 and 2 for a breakdown of State spending by major service function and funding source for the past five years.

Growth in State Spending Has Exceeded the Rate of Inflation Over the Past Five Years

  • Compared to the prior year, State spending increased $6.8 billion (4.7 percent) to $150.7 billion in 2016.
  • Since 2012, the growth in State spending (12.9 percent) has exceeded the rate of inflation (Consumer Price Index increase of 4.9 percent).
  • State spending has been partially paid for by borrowing $16.2 billion since 2012, including $3.0 billion in 2016.
  • In 2016, State spending was $7,612 per person.
  • Spending on public health and education represents 69.0 percent of total State spending.

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