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Florida has America's least funded state government, and by a wide margin, and the governor is proud of such efficiency



The Tallahassee Democrat's Travis Pillow reports:

Florida's state government workforce remains the leanest in the country.

Taxpayers spent just $37 per resident on state government in 2012, according to the latest state Workforce Report released by the Department of Management Services.

That's nearly half the 2012 national average of $75, and about 16 percent less than Arizona, the state with second-cheapest government workforce. Florida also employs fewer state workers per resident than any other state.

The efficiency of state government is a point of pride for Gov. Rick Scott, who is expected to release his budget recommendations for next year in the coming weeks. He has already pledged to cut taxes and fees by $500 million.

[Last modified: Friday, January 10, 2014 8:27am]


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