According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wisconsin state and local governments
spent fully one-third more than the U.S. average on highway and road
building and upkeep over the last decade. On a per capita basis, taxpayers
spent as much for highways and streets as they did for local police
and fire services, parks, recreation and farm programs combined.
The state also spent 25 percent more than the national average per
resident on higher education; only 13 states spent more than Wisconsin.
And the state ranked seventh in spending for K-12 education, 16 percent
above the national average. In addition, Wisconsin's classrooms are
among the least crowded, ranking 11th in the nation in pupil-teacher