I thought it would be interesting to see how Georgia compared to other states when it came to budgeting and taxes. We have done quite well actually. Senator Jack Hill, who chairs the Senate Appropriations, does a great job looking at the specifics each week in his column. I wanted to see how we did in comparison to other States when it came to spending and taxing.
First of all, Georgia has a population of over 10 million making us the eighth most populated state, passing Michigan and North Carolina since the last census. Our budget of 25 billion is 22nd in the country which means we are spending much less per person than most states. In fact, that puts us third in the nation spending $2,230 per capita. To put that in perspective, the average is double that at $5,357 per person and the highest is North Dakota at a whopping $18,760 per person. The most common, the middle 10 states, range from $5,300 – 6,400 per person.
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