Thursday, June 20, 2019

Is California a Big Spender?

People say so.  But what people say is sometimes not true.

I did the following exercise.  I took Census of Government Data on State and Local Spending for 2016 (the most recent available year) and divided it by State GDP for 2016.  This is what I got:

California is right in the middle, ranking 23rd, and sitting next to that well-known hotbed of socialism, Utah.

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