Spending Priorities in Rhode Island
- “Rhode Island spends significantly more per person on government than the national average ($7,077 vs. $6,493, in 2004, the most recent numbers available)”.
- “Should Rhode Island be content with poorly performing public schools when it is one of America’s leaders (eighth per capita) in spending on elementary and secondary education?”
- “Should the Ocean State…be satisfied to rank a lowly 42nd in per-capita spending on parks and recreation?”
- “According to 2004 statistics, the Ocean State spent $150 per capita in cash assistance for welfare recipients — third highest in America — compared with the $71 national average. Meanwhile, it ranked fourth in Medicaid vendor spending.”
- “Similarly, Rhode Island spent more on fire protection — $206 per capita — than any other state. The national average was less than half that, $97.
- “Rhode Island ranked 46th in per-capita highway spending. (To some extent that may reflect the state’s 50th rank in size.)”
- “The state also ranked 46th in per-capita spending on public higher education.”