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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)
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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
FY18 Sen$8,037,377,131$206,190,861$20,427,796,598$4,282,221,284$2,233,566,415$2,770,209,843$1,093,274,825$5,578,465,115$44,629,102,072
FY17$8,239,857,092$204,170,177$20,618,695,689$4,407,096,011$2,387,710,527$2,885,556,879$1,115,884,602$5,733,604,900$45,592,575,877
FY16$8,317,214,218$230,069,747$21,004,038,608$4,435,365,508$2,473,292,720$2,941,460,738$1,102,019,183$5,428,571,563$45,932,032,285
FY15$8,242,204,321$218,638,629$19,818,339,744$4,361,890,199$2,472,312,293$2,932,347,786$1,092,378,143$5,404,562,111$44,542,673,225
FY14$8,637,977,410$225,087,614$19,507,586,118$4,394,786,591$2,567,348,502$3,069,730,040$1,179,505,507$5,530,170,187$45,112,191,969
FY13$8,357,780,269$214,362,662$18,220,569,619$4,235,282,803$2,148,365,797$2,982,758,766$1,134,089,357$5,452,600,091$42,745,809,362
FY12$8,412,475,031$209,097,727$18,737,921,239$4,360,356,834$2,223,845,486$2,991,506,596$1,197,168,484$5,520,026,238$43,652,397,633
FY11$8,767,709,957$219,109,604$19,470,020,268$4,447,543,792$2,222,560,509$3,117,902,335$1,228,198,321$5,483,579,510$44,956,624,296
FY10$9,460,926,334$252,870,047$19,037,332,248$4,782,342,171$2,376,538,802$3,438,759,695$1,386,812,576$5,786,798,765$46,522,380,638
FY09$10,040,966,504$299,205,636$18,483,326,472$5,045,755,122$2,151,596,058$3,741,580,036$1,793,757,650$6,030,361,690$47,586,549,166
FY08$8,552,025,803$272,623,527$15,909,393,853$4,432,398,509$1,930,130,061$3,379,583,991$1,766,842,452$5,591,693,040$41,834,691,236
FY07$8,742,555,328$296,568,626$16,360,303,311$4,622,559,623$2,443,493,150$3,404,152,665$1,864,285,237$5,859,427,901$43,593,345,840
FY06$8,441,199,653$351,600,148$15,751,493,437$4,697,435,469$2,062,573,885$3,262,446,409$1,726,071,636$5,847,181,846$42,140,002,483
FY05$8,734,953,216$270,720,431$18,284,184,600$4,925,069,268$2,001,874,097$3,362,489,242$1,863,529,797$6,125,139,305$45,567,959,956
FY04$9,124,493,227$283,989,284$16,864,758,135$5,052,160,005$2,050,660,179$3,459,474,063$1,949,481,010$5,415,640,890$44,200,656,792
FY03$10,071,430,208$324,795,299$16,105,368,010$5,344,726,478$2,339,128,903$3,574,773,420$2,118,926,666$5,604,943,380$45,484,092,364
FY02$10,353,143,969$409,029,145$15,708,821,184$5,305,189,863$2,416,295,194$3,691,407,983$2,417,778,139$5,807,135,423$46,108,800,900
FY01$9,717,943,133$397,831,804$13,280,561,634$4,905,028,455$2,678,841,544$3,426,149,162$2,343,062,857$6,181,367,911$42,930,786,500

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
FY18 Sen$7,539,372,075$119,264,810$8,903,984,107$2,920,022,012$1,413,947,112$2,450,857,900$1,093,274,825$4,982,375,303$29,423,098,144
FY17$7,584,894,837$115,296,829$9,382,395,552$2,978,580,740$1,559,053,175$2,506,327,153$1,115,884,602$5,070,415,646$30,312,848,535
FY16$7,652,463,281$143,413,323$9,858,964,056$3,043,645,106$1,642,647,157$2,567,423,412$1,102,019,183$4,815,108,534$30,825,684,052
FY15$7,641,407,214$132,753,707$9,403,507,509$2,984,918,322$1,523,057,324$2,544,728,407$1,092,378,143$4,736,759,986$30,059,510,611
FY14$8,001,225,885$132,996,141$9,655,214,395$3,146,561,160$1,734,559,825$2,646,691,045$1,179,505,507$4,781,974,735$31,278,728,693
FY13$7,726,180,538$126,340,208$8,854,433,013$2,874,689,480$1,318,017,473$2,566,665,320$1,134,089,357$4,775,161,959$29,375,577,347
FY12$8,076,062,711$113,193,126$9,587,735,117$2,965,457,356$1,359,639,079$2,549,511,729$1,197,168,484$4,588,656,485$30,437,424,087
FY11$8,093,007,358$119,588,938$8,071,390,952$3,064,374,240$1,361,116,426$2,671,143,500$1,228,198,321$4,521,056,515$29,129,876,249
FY10$8,327,654,913$143,945,056$8,081,119,109$3,135,711,425$1,443,351,451$2,989,232,859$1,386,812,576$4,676,672,487$30,184,499,878
FY09$8,910,574,149$183,513,020$7,776,301,788$3,286,403,237$1,320,312,018$3,363,767,148$1,793,757,650$5,150,378,460$31,785,007,470
FY08$8,227,202,586$182,849,441$8,728,845,221$2,864,122,665$1,202,212,288$3,063,171,629$1,766,842,452$4,785,491,367$30,820,737,648
FY07$8,457,465,058$177,471,372$8,720,128,236$3,012,860,866$1,630,425,432$3,077,490,419$1,864,285,237$4,869,225,320$31,809,351,939
FY06$8,080,347,912$230,469,610$7,662,653,237$3,047,846,412$1,275,996,154$2,921,685,692$1,726,071,636$4,880,987,265$29,826,057,918
FY05$8,357,158,069$145,154,265$9,394,207,658$3,147,287,835$1,094,363,423$3,014,307,185$1,863,529,797$5,152,925,299$32,168,933,532
FY04$8,696,213,586$108,382,292$7,511,580,778$3,085,032,676$1,117,503,354$3,109,157,461$1,949,481,010$4,436,863,766$30,014,214,923
FY03$9,637,605,469$208,082,501$8,103,339,056$3,217,765,243$1,400,069,346$3,287,542,728$2,118,926,666$4,924,274,386$32,897,605,396
FY02$9,951,341,240$290,303,055$8,196,022,047$3,241,524,498$1,583,644,872$3,345,608,023$2,417,778,139$5,063,551,849$34,089,773,723
FY01$9,351,105,282$291,735,694$7,196,250,449$2,995,338,899$1,913,476,181$3,148,516,133$2,343,062,857$5,551,770,050$32,791,255,546