Spending on public safety: 10.51 percent
The $2.51 billion Nevada spends on public safety represents a full 10.51 percent of the state's total spending. It is the only state to spend double-digit percentage points on public safety, and no state spends more of its total budget on police protection. The city of Las Vegas recently announced a major reduction in school police officers as part of cuts designed to balance the city's Board of Education budget.
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Methodology: GOBankingRates sourced U.S. Census Bureau data on state and local government finances, added up yearly expenditures for police protection, fire protection, correction and protective inspection and regulation, and divided it by overall direct expenditure for each state to find the percentage spent on public safety.