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Do State Legislators Need a College Degree?

Almost 25 percent of state legislators don't have a bachelor's degree. Does America need lawmakers with more schooling?

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The single largest expenditure for state and local governments is public education, and according to recently released numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, states in the U.S. spent an average of more than $10,000 per student in 2008, a 6 percent increase over what they spent in 2007.

Further, 12 of the 50 states spent more than $10,000 per pupil, with New York ($17,173), New Jersey ($16,491), Alaska ($14,630), the District of Columbia ($14,594), and Vermont ($14,300) putting the most money behind their youngsters. Utah ($5,765), Idaho ($6,931), Arizona ($7,608), Oklahoma ($7,685), and Tennessee ($7,739) spent the least amount of money per student.

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