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What portion of all U.S. federal, state, and local government spending is for public order and safety, including law enforcement, courts, prisons, immigration enforcement, and fire protection?

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In 2019 (latest data), total government spending for public order and safety was $410 billion, or an average of $3,191 for every household in the United States. This was 6% of the $7.3 trillion that federal, state, and local governments spent in 2019. Other major categories of spending were economic affairs and infrastructure (5%), national defense (12%), general government and debt service (17%), and social programs (60%). In 2020, total government spending rose to $9.1 trillion, and the vast bulk of the increase was related to "Covid relief" laws that enlarged spending on social programs.

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