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  • CPI: adjusts for changes in the cost of goods and services purchased by consumers
  • IPD: adjusts for changes in the cost of goods and services purchased by governments
  • Economic Growth: adjusts for changes in the size of the state economy (measured in terms of total personal income)
  • None: does not capture changes in the value of a dollar over time.

Massachusetts State Budget

funding levels adjusted for economic growth

  • Funding History
  • Net State Costs

Adjusting for Economic Growth

The numbers on this page have been adjusted to reflect changes in the size of the Massachusetts economy. This is particularly useful for tracking spending across large sections of the budget or over long periods of time, because it lets us see what share of our total resources we are devoting to things like Education or Health Care. Elsewhere in MassBudget's Budget Browser, where the spending areas under consideration are much smaller, this is NOT the default adjustment. For a fuller explanation, along with a caution about why you need to be careful to always look at comparable years in an economic cycle, see our factsheet.

EducationEnvironment & RecreationHealth CareHuman ServicesInfrastructure, Housing & Economic DevelopmentLaw & Public SafetyLocal AidOtherTotals
FY17$7,803,410,251$200,166,474$19,661,526,369$4,146,405,858$2,250,819,570$2,646,453,480$1,061,273,272$5,416,054,350$43,186,109,624
FY16$7,950,992,781$219,939,375$20,052,149,737$4,267,113,080$2,364,389,332$2,811,943,096$1,053,495,358$5,189,542,096$43,909,564,853
FY15$7,847,313,260$208,163,465$18,842,950,992$4,178,783,444$2,353,861,695$2,791,856,494$1,040,041,371$5,145,624,916$42,408,595,637
FY14$8,167,110,790$212,817,815$18,418,296,875$4,181,128,524$2,427,399,223$2,902,395,335$1,115,209,232$5,228,713,906$42,653,071,701
FY13$7,875,069,660$201,981,967$17,144,127,927$4,014,767,906$2,024,285,129$2,810,487,032$1,068,589,075$5,137,680,600$40,276,989,295
FY12$7,955,021,771$197,727,418$17,693,936,845$4,148,303,907$2,102,917,297$2,828,834,559$1,132,068,900$5,219,858,453$41,278,669,150
FY11$8,357,103,805$208,848,344$18,532,781,769$4,264,683,771$2,118,474,376$2,971,885,885$1,170,679,791$5,226,774,541$42,851,232,282
FY10$9,071,692,766$242,466,678$18,224,591,049$4,615,114,122$2,278,765,217$3,297,285,101$1,329,757,485$5,548,723,100$44,608,395,519
FY09$9,530,296,406$283,988,438$17,510,508,778$4,821,915,263$2,042,168,767$3,551,288,290$1,702,529,540$5,723,665,577$45,166,361,059
FY08$8,056,892,394$256,839,546$14,959,811,098$4,204,260,190$1,818,382,049$3,183,917,492$1,664,548,242$5,267,952,899$39,412,603,910
FY07$8,218,428,516$278,788,976$15,350,852,676$4,374,062,134$2,297,002,767$3,200,069,578$1,752,519,072$5,508,148,080$40,979,871,799
FY06$7,947,074,490$331,018,420$14,800,203,844$4,451,699,669$1,941,836,348$3,071,471,556$1,625,032,037$5,504,903,520$39,673,239,883
FY05$8,204,521,829$254,280,891$17,143,451,301$4,656,417,031$1,880,309,982$3,158,301,562$1,750,366,661$5,753,189,272$42,800,838,530
FY04$8,559,019,386$266,389,565$15,787,788,530$4,770,868,547$1,923,574,251$3,245,079,462$1,828,665,477$5,080,016,414$41,461,401,633
FY03$9,442,274,473$304,505,547$15,063,078,553$5,047,042,398$2,193,005,033$3,351,459,635$1,986,558,687$5,254,806,190$42,642,730,517
FY02$9,724,538,358$384,194,369$14,716,469,960$5,021,646,025$2,269,586,453$3,467,278,986$2,270,979,359$5,454,547,077$43,309,240,587
FY01$9,116,880,338$373,225,579$12,423,086,613$4,637,709,735$2,513,152,986$3,214,239,012$2,198,142,488$5,799,045,209$40,275,481,959

Net State Costs

The state budget is funded by several types of revenue, including taxes, funds from the federal government, and departmental revenues such as licensing and other fees. The "Net State Costs" here subtract federal and departmental revenues from budget totals. These are estimates, based on the best available data. During the recent recession In FY 2009-FY 2011, there was a steep but temporary drop in net state health care costs due federal recovery funds made available to states. For more information on calculating net cost, see explanation here.

Adjusting for Economic Growth

The numbers on this page have been adjusted to reflect changes in the size of the Massachusetts economy. This is particularly useful for tracking spending across large sections of the budget or over long periods of time, because it lets us see what share of our total resources we are devoting to things like Education or Health Care. Elsewhere in MassBudget's Budget Browser, where the spending areas under consideration are much smaller, this is NOT the default adjustment. For a fuller explanation, along with a caution about why you need to be careful to always look at comparable years in an economic cycle, see our factsheet.

EducationEnvironment & RecreationHealth CareHuman ServicesInfrastructure, Housing & Economic DevelopmentLaw & Public SafetyLocal AidOtherTotals
FY17$7,358,836,531$115,444,584$8,715,040,188$2,805,453,062$1,468,716,017$2,303,936,808$1,061,273,272$4,814,086,051$28,642,786,513
FY16$7,315,511,986$137,016,887$8,743,006,643$2,934,780,343$1,554,426,996$2,473,536,671$1,053,495,358$4,611,645,260$28,823,420,144
FY15$7,267,693,789$126,393,364$9,013,447,482$2,781,614,954$1,559,149,584$2,442,182,331$1,040,041,371$4,396,019,606$28,626,542,481
FY14$7,637,054,999$121,060,614$9,185,581,659$2,961,208,493$1,609,447,432$2,495,563,584$1,115,209,232$4,507,875,377$29,633,001,391
FY13$7,279,948,501$119,043,324$8,310,730,526$2,731,605,591$1,226,745,595$2,436,728,048$1,068,589,075$4,496,141,049$27,669,531,709
FY12$7,451,765,146$88,902,332$8,852,644,167$2,916,366,564$1,265,293,841$2,475,538,068$1,132,068,900$4,516,473,728$28,699,052,745
FY11$7,420,118,443$119,048,038$7,601,871,732$3,018,726,988$1,290,722,682$2,582,558,742$1,170,679,791$4,535,581,273$27,739,307,689
FY10$7,985,045,456$138,022,988$7,722,069,809$3,033,822,982$1,364,042,685$2,885,454,276$1,329,757,485$4,480,948,150$28,939,163,832
FY09$8,457,394,291$174,179,793$7,351,835,392$3,148,145,816$1,230,984,140$3,218,663,865$1,702,529,540$4,884,731,756$30,168,464,593
FY08$7,750,875,344$172,263,076$8,196,702,843$2,725,359,288$1,130,006,987$2,891,610,131$1,664,548,242$4,504,955,126$29,036,321,036
FY07$7,950,429,753$166,831,748$8,169,831,174$2,860,903,309$1,512,908,269$2,915,122,049$1,752,519,072$4,573,797,274$29,902,342,647
FY06$7,607,346,041$216,978,538$7,185,997,367$2,898,745,812$1,178,849,139$2,776,359,397$1,625,032,037$4,590,800,038$28,080,108,368
FY05$7,849,668,351$136,339,750$8,790,309,583$2,986,520,791$1,007,080,100$2,855,847,005$1,750,366,661$4,835,083,647$30,211,215,887
FY04$8,157,281,596$101,665,496$6,754,179,472$2,925,447,526$1,025,440,122$2,943,135,410$1,828,665,477$4,156,825,284$27,892,640,384
FY03$9,035,550,485$166,252,330$7,353,966,357$3,052,656,130$1,301,714,350$3,133,667,280$1,986,558,687$4,603,809,072$30,634,174,691
FY02$9,347,131,643$220,371,841$7,407,619,243$3,083,051,954$1,458,216,445$3,235,965,066$2,270,979,359$4,743,187,726$31,766,523,279
FY01$8,772,731,710$249,487,919$6,449,633,107$2,846,036,365$1,780,905,516$3,004,045,727$2,198,142,488$5,195,252,661$30,496,235,492