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Inflation Adjustment
  • 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
FY19$8,382,718,241$222,022,920$21,002,502,384$4,386,797,565$2,380,670,456$2,989,611,146$1,142,978,704$6,091,602,019$46,598,903,435
FY18$8,370,112,966$209,520,554$21,317,180,245$4,483,304,939$2,348,427,543$2,890,647,576$1,157,700,397$6,014,338,506$46,791,232,725
FY17$8,654,102,632$214,715,488$21,684,110,734$4,634,831,942$2,566,404,310$3,082,062,674$1,173,519,611$6,036,515,826$48,046,263,217
FY16$8,617,245,730$238,369,181$21,760,747,326$4,595,364,925$2,562,513,190$3,047,679,582$1,141,772,936$5,624,289,567$47,587,982,438
FY15$8,507,976,004$225,688,680$20,457,033,036$4,502,540,303$2,552,032,544$3,027,014,471$1,127,602,115$5,578,720,911$45,978,608,062
FY14$9,076,095,561$236,504,056$20,496,563,279$4,617,690,135$2,688,137,478$3,225,546,359$1,239,330,018$5,819,967,667$47,399,834,554
FY13$8,754,853,605$224,546,909$19,085,764,746$4,436,498,654$2,250,433,421$3,124,589,211$1,187,969,290$5,711,528,696$44,776,184,531
FY12$8,812,147,484$219,031,854$19,627,695,133$4,567,515,192$2,329,499,265$3,133,752,335$1,254,045,356$5,782,159,138$45,725,845,757
FY11$9,184,260,311$229,519,412$20,394,342,708$4,658,844,799$2,328,153,459$3,266,158,016$1,286,549,526$5,743,976,752$47,091,804,982
FY10$9,910,410,965$264,883,797$19,940,994,781$5,009,549,236$2,489,447,160$3,602,329,445$1,452,699,458$6,061,531,417$48,731,846,259
FY09$10,518,005,658$313,420,682$19,360,359,316$5,285,475,347$2,253,816,852$3,919,540,268$1,878,977,796$6,316,659,436$49,846,255,355
FY08$8,958,328,493$285,575,741$16,664,228,609$4,642,979,659$2,021,829,624$3,540,256,482$1,850,784,299$5,857,241,665$43,821,224,573
FY07$9,157,909,571$310,658,446$17,136,256,219$4,842,175,019$2,559,582,234$3,565,999,860$1,952,856,456$6,137,688,586$45,663,126,392
FY06$8,842,236,343$368,304,475$16,498,141,041$4,920,608,009$2,160,565,620$3,417,568,141$1,808,076,337$6,124,853,473$44,140,353,440
FY05$9,149,947,459$283,582,254$19,151,057,034$5,159,057,401$2,096,982,360$3,522,377,801$1,952,065,376$6,416,004,302$47,731,073,986
FY04$9,557,992,765$297,481,455$17,664,493,903$5,292,185,284$2,148,085,890$3,623,979,755$2,042,099,755$5,672,786,915$46,299,105,722
FY03$10,549,917,866$340,226,131$16,868,742,197$5,598,651,253$2,450,259,526$3,744,767,043$2,219,595,611$5,871,072,641$47,643,232,267
FY02$10,845,014,355$428,461,824$16,452,798,491$5,557,235,598$2,531,091,632$3,866,784,108$2,532,645,031$6,083,028,229$48,297,059,269
FY01$10,179,638,467$416,732,623$13,909,087,477$5,138,064,265$2,806,112,163$3,588,924,048$2,454,380,774$6,475,042,064$44,967,981,881

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
FY19$7,878,389,524$135,658,836$9,444,631,259$2,979,223,677$1,525,465,957$2,676,614,584$1,142,978,704$5,440,422,350$31,223,384,891
FY18$7,814,592,215$119,915,065$9,139,356,564$3,019,728,946$1,476,611,165$2,563,786,251$1,157,700,397$5,356,251,237$30,647,941,839
FY17$8,019,139,107$121,251,866$9,765,620,793$3,078,707,130$1,694,947,125$2,683,245,880$1,173,519,611$5,339,073,104$31,875,504,615
FY16$7,836,106,594$148,586,752$10,121,939,640$3,245,848,483$1,701,903,285$2,660,149,399$1,141,772,936$4,988,696,744$31,845,003,834
FY15$7,904,758,427$137,034,380$9,706,372,256$3,055,970,223$1,572,168,641$2,626,896,220$1,127,602,115$4,889,385,360$31,020,187,621
FY14$8,447,218,983$139,741,704$10,144,479,334$3,265,983,741$1,813,109,765$2,781,050,829$1,239,330,018$5,033,823,747$32,864,738,121
FY13$8,133,974,248$132,342,559$9,274,648,374$2,970,537,011$1,380,635,725$2,688,727,404$1,187,969,290$5,001,905,868$30,770,740,478
FY12$8,462,522,486$118,570,874$10,042,788,275$3,103,574,641$1,424,234,847$2,670,758,515$1,254,045,356$4,806,540,477$31,883,035,471
FY11$8,513,050,799$125,270,560$8,454,169,123$3,174,413,485$1,425,782,517$2,798,173,849$1,286,549,526$4,735,724,679$30,513,134,539
FY10$8,869,854,784$150,783,826$8,464,256,564$3,138,131,270$1,511,924,472$3,131,445,779$1,452,699,458$4,898,663,507$31,617,759,660
FY09$9,335,453,656$192,231,593$8,144,651,531$3,440,993,425$1,383,039,101$3,523,777,761$1,878,977,796$5,394,868,831$33,293,993,694
FY08$8,568,806,183$191,536,533$9,142,535,519$3,049,462,670$1,259,328,824$3,208,811,520$1,850,784,299$5,857,241,665$33,128,507,213
FY07$8,858,197,330$185,902,945$9,133,100,413$3,157,077,797$1,707,886,095$3,223,818,062$1,952,856,456$5,100,441,997$33,319,281,095
FY06$8,480,170,000$241,419,093$8,025,004,553$3,176,718,634$1,336,618,021$3,060,618,073$1,808,076,337$5,112,755,528$31,241,380,239
FY05$8,755,122,252$152,050,489$9,838,720,732$3,295,895,422$1,146,356,207$3,157,653,751$1,952,065,376$5,397,600,787$33,695,465,015
FY04$9,107,063,664$113,531,474$7,866,952,353$3,233,902,980$1,170,595,312$3,257,019,809$2,042,099,755$4,647,508,643$31,438,673,991
FY03$10,095,482,371$217,968,377$8,486,541,608$3,370,639,356$1,466,585,808$3,443,890,192$2,219,595,611$5,158,065,469$34,458,768,791
FY02$10,424,122,269$304,095,143$8,583,071,697$3,395,526,984$1,658,882,695$3,504,555,442$2,532,645,031$5,304,117,537$35,707,016,799
FY01$9,795,372,305$305,595,933$7,535,713,262$3,137,646,172$2,004,384,619$3,298,100,792$2,454,380,774$5,815,532,278$34,346,726,136