Analysis of census data indicates Wisconsin’s local and state governments spent close to the national average and employed less government workers per 1,000 residents than 40 other states in 2010.
The study conducted by the Wisconsin Budget Project examined the period before Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011-13 budget, which included deep cuts to government spending, took effect.
During the 2010 election cycle, Republicans ran on a platform that promised to rein in government expenditures.
When total government spending is measured on a per-capita basis, Wisconsin is 3.2 percent below the national average, and ranks 24th nationally.
The study also showed per capita spending on public employees was 6.4 percent below the national average and 28th nationally.
According to its website, the Wisconsin Budget Project is “engaged in analysis and education on state budget and tax issues, particularly those relating to low and moderate-income families.”
The WBP is an initiative of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, which aims to increase government spending.