What are the lowest and highest spending states?
Nevada spends the least per-capita on government, while Alaska spends the most, according to an analysis of state government per-capita spending by Government Product News, a sister publication to American City & County. Among the 20 states with the lowest per-capita spending, almost half are in the Midwest, and six are in the southern United States.
The other states among the top five with lowest per-capita spending are Texas, Georgia, Florida and Illinois. Those states among the top five with the highest per-capita spending include Vermont, New Mexico, Wyoming and Hawaii.
Government spending data can be an indicator of future trends, says Bill King, president and CEO at the Nacogdoches, Texas-based Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation. "I like to look at per-capita government spending from a business or taxpayer point of view because it is a good reflection of how much government is costing you and/or your business.”
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