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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 & RecreationHealthHuman ServicesInfrastructure, Housing & Economic DevelopmentLaw & Public SafetyLocal AidOtherTotals
FY20 HWM$8,751,606,526$233,644,831$20,881,121,055$4,808,594,348$2,428,137,622$3,097,538,601$1,175,296,304$6,289,540,284$47,665,479,571
FY19$8,732,565,735$231,311,171$21,620,560,042$4,808,013,081$2,541,533,275$3,153,666,868$1,190,794,820$6,381,282,052$48,659,727,044
FY18$8,515,823,111$213,167,968$21,449,203,645$4,800,426,304$2,389,309,872$2,940,969,080$1,177,854,090$6,119,038,423$47,605,792,493
FY17$8,822,531,477$218,894,348$22,106,133,663$4,725,036,488$2,616,352,471$3,142,046,739$1,196,359,016$6,154,000,381$48,981,354,583
FY16$8,872,925,750$245,441,770$22,406,404,707$4,731,712,782$2,638,544,841$3,138,106,478$1,175,650,179$5,791,166,376$48,999,952,885
FY15$8,778,093,291$232,854,005$21,106,517,504$4,645,490,162$2,633,056,292$3,123,118,284$1,163,402,031$5,755,838,119$47,438,369,687
FY14$9,390,396,273$244,694,075$21,206,349,154$4,777,598,466$2,781,226,352$3,337,245,438$1,282,247,405$6,021,510,276$49,041,267,440
FY13$9,087,524,715$233,079,349$19,810,994,755$4,605,078,850$2,335,946,465$3,243,318,845$1,233,110,315$5,928,558,092$46,477,611,387
FY12$9,163,125,773$227,755,656$20,409,444,969$4,749,434,374$2,422,280,698$3,258,566,296$1,303,992,624$6,012,456,273$47,547,056,662
FY11$9,565,108,725$239,037,011$21,240,045,337$4,852,035,496$2,424,696,188$3,401,597,459$1,339,899,533$5,982,165,171$49,044,584,920
FY10$10,379,391,259$277,418,623$20,884,642,186$5,246,611,037$2,607,252,735$3,772,798,816$1,521,444,076$6,348,375,100$51,037,933,832
FY09$11,074,556,456$330,005,055$20,384,795,295$5,565,151,516$2,373,075,541$4,126,939,211$1,978,402,214$6,650,899,782$52,483,825,070
FY08$9,391,074,731$299,370,930$17,469,220,551$4,867,266,141$2,119,497,305$3,711,274,176$1,940,189,364$6,140,184,995$45,938,078,192
FY07$9,584,162,429$325,117,974$17,933,859,443$5,067,552,975$2,678,717,419$3,731,978,528$2,043,751,724$6,423,365,932$47,788,506,424
FY06$9,261,434,591$385,765,283$17,280,295,188$5,153,887,258$2,262,995,061$3,579,590,340$1,893,794,746$6,415,224,341$46,232,986,809
FY05$9,578,583,295$296,866,868$20,048,202,004$5,400,737,137$2,195,216,999$3,687,386,110$2,043,511,275$6,716,566,614$49,967,070,301
FY04$10,013,241,524$311,650,545$18,505,856,638$5,544,252,935$2,250,399,573$3,796,590,503$2,139,365,301$5,942,982,684$48,504,339,703
FY03$11,045,550,470$356,209,873$17,661,231,649$5,861,674,542$2,565,372,129$3,920,695,298$2,323,871,680$6,146,894,222$49,881,499,862
FY02$11,344,023,474$448,176,538$17,209,837,274$5,812,939,385$2,647,554,162$4,044,705,544$2,649,179,037$6,362,925,190$50,519,340,603
FY01$10,624,639,748$434,950,024$14,517,121,030$5,362,673,929$2,928,780,911$3,745,813,293$2,561,673,641$6,758,097,501$46,933,750,079

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 & RecreationHealthHuman ServicesInfrastructure, Housing & Economic DevelopmentLaw & Public SafetyLocal AidOtherTotals
FY20 HWM$8,198,486,343$137,566,274$9,227,856,128$3,314,766,713$1,467,463,865$2,732,677,323$1,175,296,304$5,574,835,958$31,828,948,908
FY19$8,169,376,707$139,633,900$9,369,447,066$3,277,796,221$1,421,926,937$2,819,286,967$1,190,794,820$5,675,607,790$32,063,870,409
FY18$8,013,676,168$122,888,549$9,314,576,388$3,198,427,072$1,514,257,172$2,602,224,417$1,177,854,090$5,490,394,829$31,434,298,685
FY17$8,175,210,094$123,611,708$10,047,061,790$3,047,246,450$1,727,934,715$2,735,468,048$1,196,359,016$5,442,974,609$32,495,866,430
FY16$8,068,609,642$152,995,430$10,511,855,657$3,252,564,574$1,752,400,008$2,739,077,988$1,175,650,179$5,136,715,046$32,789,868,524
FY15$8,155,724,332$141,385,045$10,096,372,634$3,071,157,792$1,622,082,971$2,710,296,794$1,163,402,031$5,044,617,052$32,005,038,651
FY14$8,739,742,009$144,580,890$10,566,028,051$3,308,832,744$1,875,896,862$2,877,357,247$1,282,247,405$5,208,142,580$34,002,827,789
FY13$8,443,052,888$137,371,375$9,693,897,498$3,016,586,292$1,433,097,781$2,790,894,953$1,233,110,315$5,191,964,762$31,939,975,863
FY12$8,799,575,589$123,293,424$10,442,781,654$3,227,186,657$1,480,960,578$2,777,131,934$1,303,992,624$4,997,486,838$33,152,409,298
FY11$8,866,065,826$130,465,219$8,804,742,474$3,306,048,511$1,484,906,169$2,914,207,154$1,339,899,533$4,931,590,728$31,777,925,613
FY10$9,289,593,896$157,919,216$8,864,801,965$3,286,633,861$1,583,471,735$3,279,632,000$1,521,444,076$5,130,456,367$33,113,953,116
FY09$9,829,430,779$202,403,355$8,575,618,432$3,623,070,494$1,456,221,369$3,710,235,288$1,978,402,214$5,680,303,443$35,055,685,374
FY08$8,982,735,930$200,789,008$9,584,180,169$3,196,771,792$1,320,162,697$3,363,818,240$1,940,189,364$5,254,358,419$33,843,005,618
FY07$9,270,500,148$194,555,757$9,558,198,534$3,304,023,279$1,787,379,272$3,373,869,955$2,043,751,724$5,337,833,763$34,870,112,432
FY06$8,882,203,181$252,864,440$8,405,458,968$3,327,322,489$1,399,985,241$3,205,717,761$1,893,794,746$5,354,267,103$32,721,613,929
FY05$9,165,262,218$159,173,403$10,299,622,645$3,450,294,001$1,200,058,083$3,305,576,301$2,043,511,275$5,650,447,750$35,273,945,676
FY04$9,540,834,596$118,938,997$8,241,656,581$3,387,934,308$1,226,350,958$3,412,152,195$2,139,365,301$4,868,818,000$32,936,050,938
FY03$10,569,765,705$228,208,478$8,885,237,292$3,528,991,182$1,535,485,657$3,605,683,325$2,323,871,680$5,400,375,665$36,077,618,983
FY02$10,903,764,978$318,087,402$8,978,002,575$3,551,764,576$1,735,212,478$3,665,809,735$2,649,179,037$5,548,085,399$37,349,906,181
FY01$10,223,575,453$318,955,010$7,865,135,773$3,274,807,877$2,092,005,975$3,442,276,745$2,561,673,641$6,069,734,343$35,848,164,817