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Chart Reading - Federal and State Budgets

Watch Reading Circle Charts to hone your chart reading skills.

government spending chart

Use these circle charts to answer questions 1 - 4. Notice that the chart on the left is the 1956 Federal Budget.
The chart on the right is the 2006 budget.

1. What program is the greatest portion of spending in 1956?


How has the spending for that program changed in 2006?


How much has that spending changed from 1956 to 2006?


2. Which item was the least spending in 1956?


How has that spending changed by 2006?


3. Which program has had the greatest increase from 1956 to 2006?


How much has it increased?


4. Let's talk real money. For every $100 the Federal Government spends,
divide the money up using the percentages shown in the 2006 chart.

Social Security and payments to individuals -

Defense -

Other -

Interest on the debt -


Make some comparisons.

Find out what your state's government spent in 2006 on two of the items.


How does it compare with federal spending?


On what program does your state spend the most money?


How would you determine how much this spending has grown over the last 3 years?


What factor(s) should determine the growth in government spending?


Think Local:

Make a circle chart showing the 4 largest expenses in your county's or city's budget, for this fiscal year.

Which expense had the greatest increase in spending over last year?

Make a circle chart showing the 4 largest expenses of your school district's budget, for the current school year.
(Budget information is public info. Call the district office and speak to the business manager.
Perhaps they would come to class and give a budget presentation.)

What item is the greatest portion of spending?


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posted 2/2007, UTD 6/2007 In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora

Aligned with the following Pa Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, History, Civics and Government, Mathematics, Civics, Science and Technology
Aligned with the National Standards for Civics and Government

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