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  • How much does your state spend on you?
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    How much does your state spend on you?

    School, roads, parks, and safety—so many institutions rely on government funding to stay in operation, providing a backbone upon which communities live their lives. As the Trump administration cuts federal funding to many agencies, these responsibilities are falling even more on the shoulders of state and local governments.

    Most people know their taxes go into these institutions. It’s why parents send their children to public school instead of private, or demand that the work go faster when construction blocks up commutes. But how much of what residents pay is actually going back towards their individual lives?

    To answer this question, Stacker analyzed findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Study of State and Local Government Finances. Stacker divided the total expenditure for each state by that state’s population to calculate the amount that state government is spending on each of its citizens. Stacker also calculated the spending per capita for several specific areas to get an idea of how different states are prioritizing their funds.

    The top spending areas for most states were education, public welfare, and intergovernmental expenditures—money paid to other governments as fiscal aid, reimbursements, or in lieu of taxes; these three spending amounts are included for each state. Also included are each state’s spending on the police, parks and recreation, and highways, as the total spending amounts for the broad categories in which these expenses fall—public safety, housing and environmental protection, and transportation, respectively—were not available. All ranks are based on spending per capita.

    Read on to find out how much your state government is spending on you and to compare its spending habits across the country.

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  • #50. Florida
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    #50. Florida

    Total state spending: $86.28 million ($4.11 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $10.55 million ($0.50 per capita, #50 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $25.91 million ($1.23 per capita, #44 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $19.17 million ($0.91 per capita, #47 highest)

    Police spending: $536,164 ($0.03 per capita, #48 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $154,414 ($0.01 per capita, #45 highest)

    Highway spending: $6.7 million ($0.32 per capita, #32 highest)

  • #49. Georgia
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    #49. Georgia

    Total state spending: $46.52 million ($4.46 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $7.89 million ($0.76 per capita, #43 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $11.77 million ($1.13 per capita, #49 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $11.09 million ($1.06 per capita, #42 highest)

    Police spending: $345,985 ($0.03 per capita, #42 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $206,090 ($0.02 per capita, #24 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.77 million ($0.17 per capita, #49 highest)

  • #48. Tennessee
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    #48. Tennessee

    Total state spending: $31.28 million ($4.66 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.05 million ($0.75 per capita, #44 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $10.55 million ($1.57 per capita, #28 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $7.23 million ($1.08 per capita, #41 highest)

    Police spending: $249,521 ($0.04 per capita, #34 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $85,410 ($0.01 per capita, #35 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.4 million ($0.21 per capita, #45 highest)

  • #47. Texas
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    #47. Texas

    Total state spending: $136.93 million ($4.84 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $25.58 million ($0.90 per capita, #34 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $34.97 million ($1.24 per capita, #43 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $29.95 million ($1.06 per capita, #43 highest)

    Police spending: $1.01 million ($0.04 per capita, #36 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $142,796 ($0.01 per capita, #48 highest)

    Highway spending: $8.09 million ($0.29 per capita, #36 highest)

  • #46. Nevada
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    #46. Nevada

    Total state spending: $14.72 million ($4.91 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $1.88 million ($0.63 per capita, #49 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $3.64 million ($1.22 per capita, #45 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $4.34 million ($1.45 per capita, #24 highest)

    Police spending: $94,042 ($0.03 per capita, #45 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $19,087 ($0.01 per capita, #46 highest)

    Highway spending: $526,505 ($0.18 per capita, #47 highest)

  • #45. Arizona
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    #45. Arizona

    Total state spending: $35.34 million ($5.04 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $6.33 million ($0.90 per capita, #35 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $10.08 million ($1.44 per capita, #34 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $7.83 million ($1.12 per capita, #38 highest)

    Police spending: $235,943 ($0.03 per capita, #37 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $61,923 ($0.01 per capita, #43 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.22 million ($0.17 per capita, #48 highest)

  • #44. North Carolina
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    #44. North Carolina

    Total state spending: $52.7 million ($5.13 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $9.4 million ($0.92 per capita, #32 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $11.96 million ($1.16 per capita, #48 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $13.02 million ($1.27 per capita, #32 highest)

    Police spending: $661,126 ($0.06 per capita, #10 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $156,807 ($0.02 per capita, #31 highest)

    Highway spending: $3.48 million ($0.34 per capita, #25 highest)

  • #43. Idaho
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    #43. Idaho

    Total state spending: $8.87 million ($5.17 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $1.09 million ($0.63 per capita, #47 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $2.3 million ($1.34 per capita, #41 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $2.16 million ($1.26 per capita, #33 highest)

    Police spending: $57,052 ($0.03 per capita, #41 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $27,451 ($0.02 per capita, #29 highest)

    Highway spending: $580,559 ($0.34 per capita, #26 highest)

  • #42. Missouri
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    #42. Missouri

    Total state spending: $31.77 million ($5.20 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $4.25 million ($0.70 per capita, #45 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $8.4 million ($1.37 per capita, #37 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $5.99 million ($0.98 per capita, #45 highest)

    Police spending: $232,679 ($0.04 per capita, #32 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $59,137 ($0.01 per capita, #38 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.33 million ($0.22 per capita, #44 highest)

  • #41. New Hampshire
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    #41. New Hampshire

    Total state spending: $7.08 million ($5.27 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $1.08 million ($0.80 per capita, #41 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $1.93 million ($1.44 per capita, #33 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $573,048 ($0.43 per capita, #49 highest)

    Police spending: $63,611 ($0.05 per capita, #20 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $24,906 ($0.02 per capita, #27 highest)

    Highway spending: $462,277 ($0.34 per capita, #24 highest)

  • #40. South Dakota
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    #40. South Dakota

    Total state spending: $4.68 million ($5.38 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $740,728 ($0.85 per capita, #38 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $1.03 million ($1.19 per capita, #46 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $772,034 ($0.89 per capita, #48 highest)

    Police spending: $43,389 ($0.05 per capita, #19 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $44,443 ($0.05 per capita, #3 highest)

    Highway spending: $546,613 ($0.63 per capita, #6 highest)

  • #39. Nebraska
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    #39. Nebraska

    Total state spending: $10.45 million ($5.44 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $2.06 million ($1.07 per capita, #17 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $2.58 million ($1.35 per capita, #40 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $2.3 million ($1.20 per capita, #35 highest)

    Police spending: $70,700 ($0.04 per capita, #35 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $45,623 ($0.02 per capita, #15 highest)

    Highway spending: $787,556 ($0.41 per capita, #16 highest)

  • #38. Indiana
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    #38. Indiana

    Total state spending: $37.49 million ($5.62 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $7.03 million ($1.05 per capita, #20 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $11.45 million ($1.72 per capita, #25 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $9.55 million ($1.43 per capita, #25 highest)

    Police spending: $216,872 ($0.03 per capita, #44 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $60,886 ($0.01 per capita, #42 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.74 million ($0.26 per capita, #38 highest)

  • #37. Utah
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    #37. Utah

    Total state spending: $17.91 million ($5.77 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $4.27 million ($1.38 per capita, #6 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $3.22 million ($1.04 per capita, #50 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $3.34 million ($1.08 per capita, #40 highest)

    Police spending: $134,278 ($0.04 per capita, #23 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $43,933 ($0.01 per capita, #32 highest)

    Highway spending: $782,700 ($0.25 per capita, #39 highest)

  • #36. Alabama
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    #36. Alabama

    Total state spending: $29.19 million ($5.99 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.82 million ($1.19 per capita, #9 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $6.72 million ($1.38 per capita, #36 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $6.61 million ($1.36 per capita, #28 highest)

    Police spending: $162,224 ($0.03 per capita, #40 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $17,951 ($0.00 per capita, #49 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.6 million ($0.33 per capita, #28 highest)

  • #35. Virginia
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    #35. Virginia

    Total state spending: $51.01 million ($6.02 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $8.67 million ($1.02 per capita, #23 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $9.98 million ($1.18 per capita, #47 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $12.58 million ($1.49 per capita, #22 highest)

    Police spending: $350,985 ($0.04 per capita, #27 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $115,342 ($0.01 per capita, #33 highest)

    Highway spending: $3.2 million ($0.38 per capita, #20 highest)

  • #34. South Carolina
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    #34. South Carolina

    Total state spending: $30.56 million ($6.08 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.51 million ($1.10 per capita, #14 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $7.31 million ($1.45 per capita, #32 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $5.96 million ($1.19 per capita, #36 highest)

    Police spending: $164,110 ($0.03 per capita, #43 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $95,305 ($0.02 per capita, #26 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.17 million ($0.23 per capita, #40 highest)

  • #33. Oklahoma
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    #33. Oklahoma

    Total state spending: $23.98 million ($6.10 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $4.21 million ($1.07 per capita, #18 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $6.46 million ($1.64 per capita, #26 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $4.34 million ($1.10 per capita, #39 highest)

    Police spending: $225,852 ($0.06 per capita, #13 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $87,619 ($0.02 per capita, #19 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.72 million ($0.44 per capita, #15 highest)

  • #32. Colorado
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    #32. Colorado

    Total state spending: $34.43 million ($6.14 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.91 million ($1.05 per capita, #21 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $6.97 million ($1.24 per capita, #42 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $7.46 million ($1.33 per capita, #29 highest)

    Police spending: $226,429 ($0.04 per capita, #28 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $88,100 ($0.02 per capita, #30 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.24 million ($0.22 per capita, #41 highest)

  • #31. Kansas
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    #31. Kansas

    Total state spending: $17.93 million ($6.16 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $2.71 million ($0.93 per capita, #29 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $3.98 million ($1.37 per capita, #39 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $4.85 million ($1.66 per capita, #13 highest)

    Police spending: $97,501 ($0.03 per capita, #38 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $37,827 ($0.01 per capita, #34 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.09 million ($0.37 per capita, #21 highest)

  • #30. Illinois
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    #30. Illinois

    Total state spending: $82.3 million ($6.43 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $8.71 million ($0.68 per capita, #46 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $20.31 million ($1.59 per capita, #27 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $18.56 million ($1.45 per capita, #23 highest)

    Police spending: $428,386 ($0.03 per capita, #39 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $97,145 ($0.01 per capita, #44 highest)

    Highway spending: $6.15 million ($0.48 per capita, #13 highest)

  • #29. Louisiana
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    #29. Louisiana

    Total state spending: $30.99 million ($6.61 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $4.73 million ($1.01 per capita, #24 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $8.2 million ($1.75 per capita, #21 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $5.73 million ($1.22 per capita, #34 highest)

    Police spending: $295,567 ($0.06 per capita, #11 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $311,932 ($0.07 per capita, #2 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.53 million ($0.33 per capita, #29 highest)

  • #28. Maine
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    #28. Maine

    Total state spending: $8.84 million ($6.62 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $1.01 million ($0.76 per capita, #42 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $2.9 million ($2.17 per capita, #13 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $1.25 million ($0.94 per capita, #46 highest)

    Police spending: $73,889 ($0.06 per capita, #16 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $7,616 ($0.01 per capita, #47 highest)

    Highway spending: $623,047 ($0.47 per capita, #14 highest)

  • #27. Ohio
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    #27. Ohio

    Total state spending: $79.02 million ($6.78 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $10.63 million ($0.91 per capita, #33 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $17.63 million ($1.51 per capita, #31 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $17.87 million ($1.53 per capita, #15 highest)

    Police spending: $290,154 ($0.02 per capita, #49 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $107,357 ($0.01 per capita, #41 highest)

    Highway spending: $3.31 million ($0.28 per capita, #37 highest)

  • #26. Michigan
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    #26. Michigan

    Total state spending: $67.66 million ($6.79 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $10.55 million ($1.06 per capita, #19 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $15.3 million ($1.54 per capita, #30 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $20.49 million ($2.06 per capita, #9 highest)

    Police spending: $429,505 ($0.04 per capita, #24 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $115,008 ($0.01 per capita, #37 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.22 million ($0.12 per capita, #50 highest)

  • #25. Wisconsin
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    #25. Wisconsin

    Total state spending: $39.78 million ($6.86 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.32 million ($0.92 per capita, #31 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $9.96 million ($1.72 per capita, #24 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $10.39 million ($1.79 per capita, #10 highest)

    Police spending: $121,174 ($0.02 per capita, #50 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $19,212 ($0.00 per capita, #50 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.89 million ($0.33 per capita, #30 highest)

  • #24. Washington
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    #24. Washington

    Total state spending: $50.87 million ($6.87 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $8.42 million ($1.14 per capita, #11 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $11.48 million ($1.55 per capita, #29 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $11.02 million ($1.49 per capita, #20 highest)

    Police spending: $277,312 ($0.04 per capita, #33 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $68,212 ($0.01 per capita, #40 highest)

    Highway spending: $2.17 million ($0.29 per capita, #34 highest)

  • #23. Pennsylvania
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    #23. Pennsylvania

    Total state spending: $88.95 million ($6.95 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $10.64 million ($0.83 per capita, #40 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $22.86 million ($1.78 per capita, #20 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $19.41 million ($1.52 per capita, #16 highest)

    Police spending: $1.01 million ($0.08 per capita, #7 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $298,773 ($0.02 per capita, #17 highest)

    Highway spending: $6.96 million ($0.54 per capita, #9 highest)

  • #22. Mississippi
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    #22. Mississippi

    Total state spending: $21.11 million ($7.07 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $2.62 million ($0.88 per capita, #37 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $5.82 million ($1.95 per capita, #17 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $5.14 million ($1.72 per capita, #12 highest)

    Police spending: $126,240 ($0.04 per capita, #26 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $60,922 ($0.02 per capita, #23 highest)

    Highway spending: $945,501 ($0.32 per capita, #33 highest)

  • #21. Montana
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    #21. Montana

    Total state spending: $7.45 million ($7.09 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $998,994 ($0.95 per capita, #26 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $1.51 million ($1.44 per capita, #35 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $1.40 million ($1.33 per capita, #30 highest)

    Police spending: $53,056 ($0.05 per capita, #18 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $20,547 ($0.02 per capita, #25 highest)

    Highway spending: $744,894 ($0.71 per capita, #5 highest)

  • #20. Arkansas
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    #20. Arkansas

    Total state spending: $21.37 million ($7.11 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $3.17 million ($1.05 per capita, #22 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $6.64 million ($2.21 per capita, #12 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $5.21 million ($1.74 per capita, #11 highest)

    Police spending: $116,569 ($0.04 per capita, #29 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $63,732 ($0.02 per capita, #22 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.18 million ($0.39 per capita, #17 highest)

  • #19. Maryland
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    #19. Maryland

    Total state spending: $43.18 million ($7.14 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.38 million ($0.89 per capita, #36 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $12.12 million ($2.00 per capita, #16 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $9.16 million ($1.51 per capita, #17 highest)

    Police spending: $500,186 ($0.08 per capita, #5 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $131,247 ($0.02 per capita, #21 highest)

    Highway spending: $2.34 million ($0.39 per capita, #18 highest)

  • #18. Iowa
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    #18. Iowa

    Total state spending: $22.76 million ($7.24 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $3.49 million ($1.11 per capita, #12 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $6.1 million ($1.94 per capita, #18 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $5.23 million ($1.66 per capita, #14 highest)

    Police spending: $97,139 ($0.03 per capita, #46 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $29,294 ($0.01 per capita, #39 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.54 million ($0.49 per capita, #11 highest)

  • #17. West Virginia
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    #17. West Virginia

    Total state spending: $13.49 million ($7.43 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $2.1 million ($1.16 per capita, #10 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $4.37 million ($2.41 per capita, #8 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $2.34 million ($1.29 per capita, #31 highest)

    Police spending: $76,847 ($0.04 per capita, #25 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $45,137 ($0.02 per capita, #13 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.05 million ($0.58 per capita, #7 highest)

  • #16. Kentucky
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    #16. Kentucky

    Total state spending: $33.32 million ($7.48 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.71 million ($1.28 per capita, #7 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $10.8 million ($2.43 per capita, #7 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $4.71 million ($1.06 per capita, #44 highest)

    Police spending: $169,671 ($0.04 per capita, #31 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $98,061 ($0.02 per capita, #20 highest)

    Highway spending: $2.5 million ($0.56 per capita, #8 highest)

  • #15. Oregon
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    #15. Oregon

    Total state spending: $32.06 million ($7.74 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $3.93 million ($0.95 per capita, #28 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $9.32 million ($2.25 per capita, #10 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $6.21 million ($1.50 per capita, #19 highest)

    Police spending: $190,922 ($0.05 per capita, #21 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $73,490 ($0.02 per capita, #28 highest)

    Highway spending: $909,241 ($0.22 per capita, #43 highest)

  • #14. Minnesota
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    #14. Minnesota

    Total state spending: $43.23 million ($7.75 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $5.58 million ($1.00 per capita, #25 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $12.47 million ($2.24 per capita, #11 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $12.83 million ($2.30 per capita, #8 highest)

    Police spending: $315,064 ($0.06 per capita, #15 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $226,319 ($0.04 per capita, #7 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.87 million ($0.34 per capita, #27 highest)

  • #13. New Jersey
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    #13. New Jersey

    Total state spending: $71.43 million ($7.93 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $9.8 million ($1.09 per capita, #15 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $16.28 million ($1.81 per capita, #19 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $12.47 million ($1.38 per capita, #26 highest)

    Police spending: $512,786 ($0.06 per capita, #14 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $216,507 ($0.02 per capita, #14 highest)

    Highway spending: $3.22 million ($0.36 per capita, #23 highest)

  • #12. Rhode Island
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    #12. Rhode Island

    Total state spending: $8.58 million ($8.10 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $980,513 ($0.93 per capita, #30 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $2.61 million ($2.46 per capita, #6 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $1.23 million ($1.16 per capita, #37 highest)

    Police spending: $81,869 ($0.08 per capita, #8 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $34,105 ($0.03 per capita, #8 highest)

    Highway spending: $307,423 ($0.29 per capita, #35 highest)

  • #11. California
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    #11. California

    Total state spending: $320.58 million ($8.11 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $33.00 million ($0.83 per capita, #39 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $85.12 million ($2.15 per capita, #14 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $97.97 million ($2.48 per capita, #6 highest)

    Police spending: $1.77 million ($0.04 per capita, #22 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $457,196 ($0.01 per capita, #36 highest)

    Highway spending: $7.05 million ($0.18 per capita, #46 highest)

  • #10. Connecticut
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    #10. Connecticut

    Total state spending: $30.89 million ($8.61 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $3.88 million ($1.08 per capita, #16 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $7.32 million ($2.04 per capita, #15 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $5.34 million ($1.49 per capita, #21 highest)

    Police spending: $241,416 ($0.07 per capita, #9 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $106,032 ($0.03 per capita, #11 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.17 million ($0.32 per capita, #31 highest)

  • #9. Hawaii
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    #9. Hawaii

    Total state spending: $12.41 million ($8.70 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $3.23 million ($2.26 per capita, #1 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $2.48 million ($1.74 per capita, #23 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $267,863 ($0.19 per capita, #50 highest)

    Police spending: $37,958 ($0.03 per capita, #47 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $98,882 ($0.07 per capita, #1 highest)

    Highway spending: $549,795 ($0.39 per capita, #19 highest)

  • #8. Massachusetts
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    #8. Massachusetts

    Total state spending: $61.38 million ($8.95 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $6.52 million ($0.95 per capita, #27 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $18.49 million ($2.69 per capita, #3 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $9.38 million ($1.37 per capita, #27 highest)

    Police spending: $812,305 ($0.12 per capita, #4 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $160,312 ($0.02 per capita, #16 highest)

    Highway spending: $2.5 million ($0.36 per capita, #22 highest)

  • #7. New York
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    #7. New York

    Total state spending: $185.6 million ($9.35 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $12.49 million ($0.63 per capita, #48 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $50.31 million ($2.53 per capita, #5 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $58.06 million ($2.93 per capita, #3 highest)

    Police spending: $761,217 ($0.04 per capita, #30 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $609,703 ($0.03 per capita, #10 highest)

    Highway spending: $4.37 million ($0.22 per capita, #42 highest)

  • #6. Delaware
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    #6. Delaware

    Total state spending: $8.99 million ($9.35 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $1.73 million ($1.80 per capita, #3 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $2.31 million ($2.40 per capita, #9 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $1.45 million ($1.51 per capita, #18 highest)

    Police spending: $133,120 ($0.14 per capita, #3 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $40,167 ($0.04 per capita, #6 highest)

    Highway spending: $507,581 ($0.53 per capita, #10 highest)

  • #5. New Mexico
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    #5. New Mexico

    Total state spending: $20.04 million ($9.60 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $2.61 million ($1.25 per capita, #8 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $5.61 million ($2.69 per capita, #4 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $4.87 million ($2.33 per capita, #7 highest)

    Police spending: $127,617 ($0.06 per capita, #12 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $57,129 ($0.03 per capita, #12 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.01 million ($0.48 per capita, #12 highest)

  • #4. Vermont
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    #4. Vermont

    Total state spending: $6.45 million ($10.35 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $950,591 ($1.52 per capita, #5 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $1.73 million ($2.77 per capita, #1 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $1.61 million ($2.59 per capita, #5 highest)

    Police spending: $102,661 ($0.16 per capita, #2 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $14,513 ($0.02 per capita, #18 highest)

    Highway spending: $501,722 ($0.80 per capita, #4 highest)

  • #3. North Dakota
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    #3. North Dakota

    Total state spending: $8.22 million ($10.89 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $1.22 million ($1.61 per capita, #4 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $1.32 million ($1.74 per capita, #22 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $2.56 million ($3.38 per capita, #2 highest)

    Police spending: $41,401 ($0.05 per capita, #17 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $32,813 ($0.04 per capita, #5 highest)

    Highway spending: $968,868 ($1.28 per capita, #2 highest)

  • #2. Wyoming
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    #2. Wyoming

    Total state spending: $6.41 million ($11.06 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $636,652 ($1.10 per capita, #13 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $795,264 ($1.37 per capita, #38 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $2.1 million ($3.62 per capita, #1 highest)

    Police spending: $45,605 ($0.08 per capita, #6 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $28,567 ($0.05 per capita, #4 highest)

    Highway spending: $522,500 ($0.90 per capita, #3 highest)

  • #1. Alaska
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    #1. Alaska

    Total state spending: $13.01 million ($17.58 per capita)

     

    Education spending: $1.48 million ($2.00 per capita, #2 highest)

    Public welfare spending: $2.01 million ($2.71 per capita, #2 highest)

    Intergovernmental spending: $2.04 million ($2.75 per capita, #4 highest)

    Police spending: $131,028 ($0.18 per capita, #1 highest)

    Parks and recreation spending: $23,011 ($0.03 per capita, #9 highest)

    Highway spending: $1.27 million ($1.72 per capita, #1 highest)

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