NPP's Federal Budget 101 Charts: Spotlight on FY2011

April 26, 2010

National Priorities Project has updated its Federal Budget 101: Budget Charts with data from the FY2011 budget. These charts are visual representations of federal budget data using the same federal budget categories found in NPP's President's Budget and Tax Day publications.

The updates include yearly charts of the federal discretionary budget from FY2006 through FY2011, as well as charts depicting federal revenue sources for each year, FY2006 through FY2011. There are charts that illustrate, for example:


  • 1% of the FY2011 discretionary budget was allocated to Food.
  • 4% of the FY2011 discretionary budget was allocated to Education.
  • Military expenditures are well over 50% of the discretionary budgets in each of fiscal years 2006-2011.
  • In FY2011, corporate income taxes contributed 12% to total federal revenues.
  • Individual income taxes are the largest source of federal revenues at over 40% of the total.


Updates also include comparison charts showing total federal outlays in 12 categories for the last four Bush budgets (2006-2009) and the first two Obama budgets (2010-2011) as well as historical charts tracking the level of federal debt (1940-2015) and deficit (1930-2015).


For additional resources regarding federal spending, visit NPP's President's Budget analysis for FY11 and NPP's Federal Priorities Database. And to see how your tax dollars contribute to federal spending see NPP's Interactive Tax Chart and Tax Day publication.  Many of these NPP tools are also available in Spanish.