In this week’s issue of The Arizona 100, the Arizona Office of Tourism notes record spending by visitors in 2017. This got me to thinking about how these – and other dollars – are spent.
According to the State Spending Database, Arizona governments ranked 41st in total spending per resident. Per resident, it spends 67 percent less than the top state, Alaska ($24,040 per resident), and 15 percent more than Idaho ($6,790), the lowest.
Conversely, we rank toward the top in spending on schools for the blind, visually impaired and deaf; adult, special and vocational education; and veteran’s services.
– Abbie S. Fink, HMA Public Relations