Wisconsin finished 31st lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.
State and local governments in Wisconsin have a share of state GDP estimated at $4,580 per capita, the study said. The total GDP per capita in the state is $51,575.
Employees employed by state and local governments represent 12.6 percent of the state’s total workforce, the analysis found.
The GDP amount for state and local governments includes social spending, employee salaries, public education programs, water treatment operations and public safety budgets, according to 24/7 Wall St.
Some of the states with the biggest government sectors also require residents to pay higher levels of taxes, the study found. But other states have relatively large governments and low tax rates on individuals because they have natural resources whose extraction can be subject to levies, according to the analysis.