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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 GAA$7,793,317,865$200,028,474$19,382,372,144$4,141,046,197$2,239,701,701$2,637,692,690$1,061,273,272$5,408,863,321$42,864,295,664
FY16$8,020,376,001$221,963,904$20,052,537,835$4,303,703,150$2,393,856,199$2,845,158,203$1,062,503,223$5,233,442,512$44,133,541,028
FY15$7,956,911,229$211,070,740$19,106,117,389$4,237,145,607$2,386,736,445$2,830,848,413$1,054,566,906$5,217,490,282$43,000,887,011
FY14$8,281,175,149$215,790,094$18,675,532,423$4,239,523,439$2,461,301,021$2,942,931,073$1,130,784,585$5,301,739,718$43,248,777,502
FY13$7,985,055,283$204,802,908$17,383,568,043$4,070,839,379$2,052,556,912$2,849,739,151$1,083,513,316$5,209,435,013$40,839,510,004
FY12$8,066,124,030$200,488,939$17,941,055,760$4,206,240,384$2,132,287,281$2,868,342,925$1,147,879,719$5,292,760,587$41,855,179,626
FY11$8,473,821,664$211,765,183$18,791,616,248$4,324,245,645$2,148,061,635$3,013,392,149$1,187,029,862$5,299,773,267$43,449,705,654
FY10$9,198,390,792$245,853,042$18,479,121,242$4,679,570,213$2,310,591,147$3,343,335,990$1,348,329,284$5,626,218,258$45,231,409,968
FY09$9,663,399,430$287,954,707$17,755,065,881$4,889,259,601$2,070,690,318$3,600,886,665$1,726,307,587$5,803,604,035$45,797,168,225
FY08$8,169,417,409$260,426,645$15,168,744,380$4,262,978,169$1,843,778,127$3,228,385,054$1,687,795,830$5,341,526,735$39,963,052,350
FY07$8,333,209,593$282,682,628$15,565,247,364$4,435,151,619$2,329,083,408$3,244,762,725$1,776,995,288$5,585,076,555$41,552,209,179
FY06$8,058,065,755$335,641,524$15,006,908,002$4,513,873,463$1,968,956,626$3,114,368,664$1,647,727,730$5,581,786,680$40,227,328,444
FY05$8,319,108,682$257,832,256$17,382,881,968$4,721,449,971$1,906,570,965$3,202,411,364$1,774,812,816$5,833,540,067$43,398,608,088
FY04$8,678,557,260$270,110,043$16,008,285,597$4,837,499,952$1,950,439,476$3,290,401,231$1,854,205,176$5,150,965,472$42,040,464,206
FY03$9,574,148,157$308,758,364$15,273,454,099$5,117,530,931$2,223,633,209$3,398,267,142$2,014,303,571$5,328,196,415$43,238,291,889
FY02$9,860,354,225$389,560,144$14,922,004,666$5,091,779,864$2,301,284,189$3,515,704,061$2,302,696,549$5,530,726,944$43,914,110,642
FY01$9,244,209,467$378,438,161$12,596,591,228$4,702,481,403$2,548,252,446$3,259,130,054$2,228,842,416$5,880,036,442$40,837,981,617

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 GAA$7,348,744,145$115,306,584$8,435,885,963$2,800,093,401$1,457,598,148$2,295,176,018$1,061,273,272$4,806,895,022$28,320,972,553
FY16$7,379,461,557$138,332,390$9,260,672,098$2,923,470,177$1,576,968,317$2,503,858,249$1,062,503,223$4,650,604,395$29,495,870,406
FY15$7,369,196,616$128,158,612$9,139,332,037$2,820,463,836$1,580,925,142$2,476,290,594$1,054,566,906$4,457,415,756$29,026,349,499
FY14$7,743,716,437$122,751,384$9,313,870,293$3,002,565,633$1,631,925,466$2,530,417,385$1,130,784,585$4,570,833,739$30,046,864,921
FY13$7,381,622,481$120,705,919$8,426,800,722$2,769,756,028$1,243,878,698$2,470,760,134$1,083,513,316$4,558,935,525$28,055,972,823
FY12$7,555,838,769$90,143,969$8,976,282,894$2,957,097,428$1,282,965,320$2,510,112,187$1,147,879,719$4,579,552,176$29,099,872,463
FY11$7,523,750,079$120,710,699$7,708,041,790$3,060,887,449$1,308,749,308$2,618,627,545$1,187,029,862$4,598,926,584$28,126,723,316
FY10$8,096,567,035$139,950,659$7,829,918,590$3,076,194,279$1,383,093,321$2,925,753,410$1,348,329,284$4,543,530,437$29,343,337,015
FY09$8,575,512,838$176,612,441$7,454,513,366$3,192,113,780$1,248,176,439$3,263,616,705$1,726,307,587$4,952,953,409$30,589,806,565
FY08$7,859,126,431$174,668,955$8,311,180,493$2,763,422,487$1,145,789,009$2,931,995,239$1,687,795,830$4,567,872,702$29,441,851,146
FY07$8,061,467,879$169,161,771$8,283,933,526$2,900,859,557$1,534,038,007$2,955,835,532$1,776,995,288$4,637,676,321$30,319,967,879
FY06$7,713,592,554$220,008,926$7,286,359,197$2,939,230,580$1,195,313,305$2,815,134,879$1,647,727,730$4,654,916,551$28,472,283,721
FY05$7,959,299,212$138,243,912$8,913,077,726$3,028,231,450$1,021,145,287$2,895,732,635$1,774,812,816$4,902,611,899$30,633,154,937
FY04$8,271,208,677$103,085,388$6,848,510,402$2,966,305,217$1,039,761,731$2,984,240,136$1,854,205,176$4,214,880,773$28,282,197,501
FY03$9,161,743,737$168,574,261$7,456,674,093$3,095,290,456$1,319,894,490$3,177,433,032$2,014,303,571$4,668,107,273$31,062,020,913
FY02$9,477,676,533$223,449,621$7,511,076,312$3,126,110,798$1,478,582,340$3,281,159,541$2,302,696,549$4,809,432,532$32,210,184,226
FY01$8,895,254,355$252,972,343$6,539,710,649$2,885,784,976$1,805,778,186$3,046,001,145$2,228,842,416$5,267,811,143$30,922,155,213