Gallery: Mayors and other experts offer their views on 2017 government budgets
With 2017 underway, government budgets are on an upswing. Total government purchases rose by 2.2 percent in 2016 over 2015. Total purchases will reach $3.37 trillion in 2017, up from $3.28 trillion in 2016, predicts IHS Global Insight in a November 2016 outlook report. American City & County’s poll that asks where 2017 public sector budget dollars should be spent shows 87 percent of poll respondents favor spending the money on infrastructure.