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State & local government expenditures by function

Washington state & local government expenditures, Fiscal Year 2018

($ millions)

Category Expenditures
K-12 Education $17,633
Public Welfare $12,983
Health Hospitals $10,739
Higher Education $7,725
Governmental Administration $2,207
Highways $2,554
Housing, Com Dev., Sewerage, Solid Waste $5,303
Interest on General Debt $0
Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation $634
Correction $54
Police & Fire Protection $3,356
Other $15,390
Total $78,578

Fiscal Year 2018


  • About half of state and local government expenditures are driven by education enrollments, and public welfare and corrections caseloads.

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Last updated
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
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