New report tracks government spending in RI

Providence, R.I. – A new report finds the largest amount of public spending in Rhode Island goes towards elementary and secondary education and vendor payments, primarily Medicaid and other health care programs.

According to the business-backed group Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, or RIPEC, the two categories make up 60 percent of government spending in the Ocean State. The group says education and vendor payments represent the largest area of spending in most states.

Other highlights from RIPEC's annual expenditure report: Rhode Island ranks 21st among states on education and library spending, 11th for social services, 36th for transportation spending, 35th for environment and housing, and 44th for higher education.

The RIPEC report compares state expenditures per one thousand dollar of personal income and per capita.