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Welcome to Budget Policypedia

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Welcome to the Budget Policy Project portal, where you will find information about state budgets and budget policy in the 50 states. Combined, the 50 state governments spent an estimated $1.72 trillion in state and federal funds in fiscal year 2013. State budget processes are complicated and often misunderstood. Our pages provide extensive data pertaining to expenditures, revenues, tax policy, as well as the terms and definitions used in public policy debates. As the project develops, we will also cover the major stakeholders, including government agencies, trade organizations, research groups and major policy institutes involved in budget reform. The Budget Policy Project on Policypedia will equip citizens with the tools to better understand the nuts and bolts of state budgets and engage in the public policymaking process.

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State budgets

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signing into law state budget bills on July 11, 2011.

In fiscal year 2014, spending in the 50 states totaled an estimated $1.79 trillion (including both state and federal funds). This represented a 5.7 percent increase over the fiscal year 2013 total.

To learn more about your state budget, click here.

Tax policy

A group of people filing tax forms at an Internal Revenue Service office in 1920.

In 2013, the states collected a total of $846 billion in state tax revenues. This amounted to approximately $2,682 per capita, or 6.2 percent of personal income. Of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., seven do not levy a personal income tax, five do not collect a general sales tax and four do not levy a corporate income tax.

To learn more about tax policy in your state, click here.

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