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MP742, New August 2005

Missouri State and Local Spending: A Fifty-State Comparison for 2002

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State comparisonsSteven B. Winter, Seth A. Kessler, and Judith I. Stallmann
Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Truman School of Public Affairs

Missouri ranks low among the 50 states in overall spending by state and local governments. It also ranks low in environmental and housing expenditures as well as government administration and miscellaneous expenditures. Missouri's highest rankings are for spending on transportation and social services and income maintenance. For Missouri state and local governments, the single largest expenditure is for education.

Among the 50 states, Missouri state and local governments rank

In sum, Missouri ranks low on many expenditures because it is also a relatively low-tax state. Missouri ranks 42nd in state and local taxes as a percentage of personal income.

About the authors
Steven Winter and Seth Kessler are graduate research assistants and master's candidates, Truman School of Public Affairs.
Judith Stallmann is Professor in Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology and the Truman School of Public Affairs and a Community Development Extension Specialist.

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