For John, BLUF: New programs cost more money, unless old ones are ended.♠ Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is from 3 Feb 2016 and is a lot of graphs of numbers (population and State Government Budgets), but it suggests that there is some rational relationship between those two sets of numbers, with some exceptions.
The article, from the blog of Mr Mischa Fisher, is "State Budgets and Populations (a.k.a Why Illinois is in the shape it's in)".
From the various presentations of the data in the Blog Post I would say that we in Massachusetts are in pretty good shape.
On the other hand, one wonders if there is the same relationship if we talk income vs state budget? That is to say, on average residents of Massachusetts have a median household income of $65,401 (2008), while for those in Illinois it is $54,124 and those in Arkansas it is $40,531. So, even accounting for the higher standard of living in Massachusetts, are we taxing less than we should?♥
And, there is the belief that above a certain total of taxation an economy begins to flag. And people go to the information market, which can't be taxed.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Like, if we got a handle on homelessness it would not cost us millions to put the homeless in motels.
♥ Taxachusetts is a misnomer. Tax wise we are in the middle of the pack.