A Look Back at How State Spending Has Changed Over the Last 10 and 20 Years

December 2018

Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR) is a non-profit free-enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. Our mission is to research and promote common sense solutions for economic issues facing Colorado.

The 2018 release of Colorado Budget: Then and Now offers an updated “big picture” view of how spending by the state of Colorado has changed over the past 20 years. Leading into the 2019 legislative session, it is important to be aware of the history of spending and the entirety of the budget, along with a focus on singular issues. These charts should prompt more questions about the details of “Why” and help frame the perpetual debate that shapes the priorities of our state government spending.


Total State Spending

How Has Spending from the GENERAL FUND Changed?

General Fund Changes

How Has the Share of GENERAL FUND Spending Changed Over the Past 20 Years?

Share of General Fund Spending Changes

How Has the Share of TOTAL STATE SPENDING Changed Over the Past 20 Years?

Total State Spending

How Much Has State Spending per Coloradan Changed Over the Past 20 Years?

State Spending per Coloradan


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