Interactive: How the Next Budget Continues Growth in State Spending

Texas lawmakers are poised to pass a two-year state budget that is $7 billion higher than the current one.

Use this interactive to explore how state spending has grown since 2004. The graph shows every two-year budget since 2004 and the 2014-15 budget plan, based on the conference committee report of Senate Bill 1 recently approved by budget leaders in the House and Senate. Lawmakers are expected to vote on Senate Bill 1 this weekend.

The current 2012-13 budget is estimated in the graphs because it factors in several billion dollars of additional supplemental spending that lawmakers are expected to add to it during the current session. That estimate comes from the Legislative Budget Board. (An earlier version of this interactive was based on the base budget proposal filed by the Senate earlier in the legislative session.)

The graph also includes the Texas budgets adjusted by the growth in the state's population based on figures published by the Texas comptroller's office. We've also adjusted the budget for both population growth and inflation in government spending based on data published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Inflation data for government spending was not available for after 2011.

View the numbers as a line chart...

...or as a bar chart.

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