Probably the largest single cost of local and sate government is in K-12 government education (public schools). It eats up around one third of all of their revenues.
To make matters worse, governments routinely fudge their education figures. This study found that costs are actually 44% higher than reported.
And the outrageous costs don’t stop there. When you take a cold hard look, the study found that public schools cost more than private schools!
Some example per pupil costs in the study:
Wash DC $22,400
Los Angeles $19,000