We know that government spending will grow a little in 2016. State and local government purchases of goods and services totaled $1.96 trillion in 2015, according to Lexington, Mass.-based IHS Global Insight. In 2016, they will rise to $2.02 trillion, a 3.1 percent increase, predicts IHS. State and local government purchases will increase to $2.10 trillion in 2017, a 3.9 percent boost over 2016 totals.
In this gallery, mayors and government budget experts tell us how they see government budgets shaping up in 2016 in their communities. For our 2016 Keating Report on government budgets and spending, GPN talked to a number of government administrators and other officials. Many of the mayors we quote in the Keating Report are officers in the , U.S. Conference of Mayors and International City/County Management Association.