The US Census released this infographic today. If you want to know where the budget goes, this is a good illustration.
Total March 2011 pay for education-related employees was $36.6 billion, about 52 percent of total pay that month for all state and local government employees. About 72 percent of the education-related pay went to our elementary and secondary workers.
If we are to Cut Government Spending, Education is a BIG slice of budget. We better get used to it, because the budgets are beyond what we can afford. (see bottom chart for MN Property Taxes..)
Below is from the St Louis Federal Reserve showing the Property Tax collection in Minnesota. If you look closely you can see declining property values and recessions has NOT slowed this growth down.