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The 2011 Massachusetts Budget infographic poster

Jess Bachman, from ByJess.net,  has designed this new government budget poster of the 2011 Massachusetts Budget for The Pioneer Institute.

The most largest and most detailed visualization of a state budget ever, this 864 sq in poster (not for sale) compares hundreds of programs and expenditures from the billions down to the thousands of dollars.  If you really want to see how a state (like Massachusetts) spends it’s tax payers money, this is it.

The above graphic is a massive visual guide to the Massachsettes state budget. It presents hundreds of government departments, agencies, and programs in a visual format, proportionate in size to their funding level. The largest item is $15 billion, the smallest is $65 thousand.

Similar to his Death & Taxes poster of the Federal budget, the Massachusetts Budget poster is highly detailed, showing how spending for every department is broken down.


Although it’s not clear if The Pioneer Institute will make posters available for purchase, you can see the full detail online in this high-definition zoomable image.  (Check it out full-screen too!)


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Reader Comments (3)

If you want a poster I think you can hit up @spoftak on twitter who was the data person on this project, also works at pioneer.
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjess
Hi Randy, thanks so much for posting this really incredible tool for helping citizens understand how their state government is spending their tax dollars. Pioneer is delighted with the results, and we've been inundated with requests for the map. I want to let folks know two things:

First, we have plenty of maps left and we would be happy to mail them for free to individuals. Just email me (mdawson@pioneerinstitute.org) with your mailing address.

Second, Pioneer Institute is very interested in gathering ideas from all across the country on how to make all levels of government more transparent, responsive, and efficient. We invite anyone interested to please submit an idea to our 20th annual Better Government Competition. You can win $10,000. Access all the info you need right here: http://www.pioneerinstitute.org/programs_bgc.php

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicaela@Pioneer
Very nicely done! I love everything about the post. Beauty + brains
February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfree online virtual worlds
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