Matt Yglesias brings us this tongue and cheek post showing the steady climb of the size of government in Texas. His commenters quickly point out how that is hardly accounting for population growth. When you do, here’s what you get:
So there you have it. Texas government hiring per citizen dropped 28% in the past decade. As the population exploded, Texas added proportionately less jobs to service that population. I don’t know how I feel yet about Rick Perry, but this is a serious statistic in favor of anyone who wants to say they shrank government. On a population-adjusted basis, it lost a quarter of it’s mass in a decade.
That doesn’t mean that the jobs that were added were socially useful or fit with a conservative agenda. But still…wow.