Government spending in Wisconsin tops the national average. That's according to a study by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, which found us five percent above.
WISTAX President Todd Berry says education amounts for a big chunk of that spending. He says that's because a large portion of the state budget and property taxes go towards supporting our schools.
The report also shows government spending taking up nearly 22-percent of personal income. Berry says that puts us near the top in the Midwest, with only Iowa being slightly higher.
Other big-ticket items for state spending are Medicaid and highway construction.