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English definition of “state expenditure”

state expenditure

noun [U]     GOVERNMENT, FINANCE
the amount that the government spends in total or on a particular thing: He argues that reducing state expenditure would force more people into enterprise. During the past decade, state expenditure on prisons has risen by nearly a third.
in the US, the amount that a state spends in total or on a particular thing: The current state expenditure is $6,686 per student.
(Definition of state expenditure noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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