Originally Posted by (Eco)nomy_404
Just to put that $4 billion into perspective: Utah has 1/13 the population of California yet it will spend 1/3 the amount that California will on road construction projects in 2012. That means that Utah will spend $1,050/person whereas California will only spend $350/person. So Utah`s per-capita construction spending for 2012 will by 3x that of California. The next largest state, Texas, will only spend twice as much as Utah on construction despite having about 10x the population.
This honestly means nothing.
Your sample size is way too short in duration of time and not specific enough to convey useful information.
1. Let's include Federal and State funding of state freeway and highway projects spanning from the Post War era to today (adjusting for inflation and differing labor costs; right to work states, differing seismic needs).
2. Let's take into account the booms of California and Texas and the infrastructure projects that came to respond to those booms (adjusting for inflation and differing labor costs; right to work states; differing seismic needs).
3. Let's take into consideration the percentage of how much of each state is urbanized.
4. Let's compare the state budgets of other states taken into consideration against Utah.