As it went on, the goal was to restate state spending under the various Alaska Governors since 2000 (i.e., the last 15 years), adjusted for inflation (so that the spending levels are not distorted by time) and -- this is the part that my friend convinced me to use to put it on a more understandable level -- stated on a per capita basis, in other words the amount of state spending broken down by each Alaska man, woman and child resident in the state at the time the spending occurred.
The resulting spreadsheet follows, but the quick take away was this:
- During the Knowles Administration, Alaska state government spent $4,928 per Alaskan;
- Murkowski: $5,777;
- Palin: $8,579; and thus far during
- Parnell: $8,864.
I have to admit these are very interesting -- and useful -- numbers.