Visualizing State Deficits

Here’s a unique unique visualization of the 46 states (plus the DC) that are running budget deficits this year.

California’s is not only disproportionally huge, but works out to around $1.000 per capita.  Minnesota’s is a little lighter – about $600 per person (before the Governor’s unallotment, not included in the graphic, takes hold). 

The four states missing from the graph?  The low-tax, low-“service” states run by conservatives (whose education systems generally keep pace with Minnesota’s vaunted system, and clobber the bejeebers out of California, New York, New Jersey and Massachussetts’): North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska; South Dakota’s deficit comes to around $60 per South Dakotan, so it’s close.

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