Spending by California's state government increased by 42 percent between 2000 and 2010 on a per-capita, inflation-adjusted basis, the nation's 16th highest rate of spending growth, according to a new data compilation by the Tax Foundation.
Oklahoma topped the states with a 74 percent increase in per-capita spending during the decade, the Washington-based Tax Foundation concluded, expressing its findings via a map on its website. Alaska was lowest at 17 percent.
California's 42 percent growth was identical to that of neighboring Nevada and lower than Arizona's 46 percent, but markedly higher than Oregon's 26 percent, one of the nation's lowest. It was also a bit higher than Texas' 37 percent and Florida's 36 percent but similar to New York's 41 percent.