California's state and local governments spent well over $300 billion in 2009, accounting for nearly a fifth of the state's economy, according to a very detailed new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
A Census Bureau spreadsheet reveals not only the gross amounts of revenue and spending, but details about how the money was collected and where it was spent.
Overall state and local revenues were $317.6 billion during the year, with the federal government supplying $66.7 billion or just over a fifth of the total. The remaining $251 billion was almost exactly divided between the state and local governments, with property, income and sales taxes contributing the bulk of the total, which also included fees on users of services, retirement fund contributions and other miscellaneous sources.
Total state and local spending was listed at $430.1 billion, but that included duplications from intergovernmental transfers. Net spending was closer to $350 billion, including about $47 billion in public works, much of which was financed from bonds.