Here’s a factoid from the New York Times that you’ll be hearing a lot in coming days, weeks and months. It’s an article comparing state-by-state spending on education.
When states were ranked by school spending as a percentage of personal income, Arkansas’ proportion was the highest, followed by Vermont, West Virginia, New Jersey and New York.
CORRECTION: A reader wrote in that the New York Times was wrong. So I went to the Census Bureau report (page 12 on the PDF). Sure enough, some bright NY Times reporter thought the abbreviation AK stood for Arkansas, not Alaska. Arkansas is NOT No. 1 in spending based on personal income, but it IS 11th and that’s still pretty high.