Michigan’s state and local government spending was 19% lower than the “Top Ten” average in 2013. Michigan was also 5% below average among its peer states. The growth in per-capita government spending in Michigan was lowest among its peer states.
What It Is: Total state and local government expenditures (in nominal dollars) divided by population.
Why It Matters: State and local government expenditures are made in important areas such as education, infrastructure, and public safety. However, high government expenditures may mean less private sector economic activity by redirecting dollars and employees for public sector use.