I thought these were some interesting figures.
California spent three percent of its general fund on health programs for its citizenry.
New York, in contrast, spent twice as much of its budget – six percent – on health programs for its citizenry.
California spent four percent of its budget locking people up in prisons.
New York, in contrast, spent half as much — only two percent – locking people up.
Priorities, priorities. The 2012 edition of The Council of State Governments‘ Book of the States is out, and this annual almanac is chock full of wonderfully revealing statistics that we at The Watchdog will have great fun with.
We’ve compared the three largest states — California, New York and Texas – to national averages for the biggest programs. Here’s what we found.
- Education spending:
- The national average is for a state to spend 36 percent of its budget on education.
- New York spent the least — 28 percent,
- California spent less than the average — 33 percent,
- and Texas spent the most — 46 percent.
- Public welfare:
- The national average was 29 percent.
- Texas spent the least — 28 percent,
- California spent a little more – 30 percent
- and New York spent the most – 36 percent.
- The national average was 7 percent.
- New York spent the least – 4 percent,
- California and Texas both spent 6 percent.
- The national average was 3 percent.
- New York spent the least — 2 percent.
- California and Texas spent the most — 4 percent.
- The national average was 4 percent.
- California and Texas spent the least — 3 percent.
- New York spent the most – 6 percent.
- The national average was 4 percent, which is what New York and Texas spent.
- California spent more– 5 percent.
There’s a lot more where this came from online. Here’s our chart of the big states’ biggest spending:
And here’s the source material, showing what everyone spends. It’s pretty interesting to see the numbers side-by-side…and to see how tiny some of the more politically important states really are in the big picture."