March 28, 2011
A Comparison of Per-capita Expenditures by State
Vermont spends nearly 3 times New Hampshire's level per person. How is it that two states sharing a common border are so different in their desire to spend and tax? Some differences may exist in how education is funded in the two states. NH may fund education with more local dollars than Vermont and we also know that NH pays for some of it's transportation costs via tolls, but the stark difference clearly shows that Vermont is off-track in it's fiscal policies and philosophy compared to most other states.