There has been an increase in total government spending.

high, low
additional, increased
annual, monthly, etc.
consumer, corporate, private
federal, government, local, public, state
defence/defense, domestic (esp. AmE), education, military, R & D, social (AmE), welfare, etc.
deficit, discretionary (esp. AmE)

a reliance on deficit spending to maintain growth

The President wants to increase discretionary spending by 4%.


An improvement in profitability leads to increased capital spending.

boost, increase
cut, cut back, cut back on, reduce

The government will finance its spending through taxes.

go to

Three quarters of all federal spending goes to Social Security.

plan, programme/program, target
bill (AmE)

A military spending bill is currently being considered in Congress.

cap (esp. AmE), cut, limit

How much spending money are you taking with you?

spree (esp. BrE)

The boys went on a two-day spending spree with the stolen credit cards.


her husband's extravagant spending habits

spending on

More spending on education was promised.

a cut in spending, a reduction in spending
an increase in spending, a rise in spending

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