Hawaii state government spent $10.5 billion in fiscal 2009, ranking it No. 38 in the nation for total expenditures. But if you break that down into per-capita spending, Hawaii ranked in the top five among the 50 states.

And this year’s proposed budget is even bigger: $11.4 billion for fiscal 2012.

The National Conference of State Legislatures shared a detailed report with Civil Beat, which ranks states’ per-capita spending on everything from public education and welfare costs to debt interest and highway expenditures. While the information isn’t the most up-to-date — it’s based on 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data — it’s still relevant and useful.

Hawaii’s mounting budget woes were also highlighted in a report by the Pew Center on the States which looked specifically at underfunded pension and retiree health benefits. The report said of Hawaii: “Relative to the size of its payroll and population, it has one of the greatest burdens — $10.8 billion — of any state in the country.”

Here’s a look at where Hawaii ranked in some of the categories for the NCSL report. The full report is below.

Total State Expenditures

Top five for total expenditures: California, New York, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Top five for total per-capita spending: Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont, Hawaii and Delaware.

Total expenditures in Hawaii — $10.5 billion (Ranked No. 38)

Hawaii per-capita spending — $8,133 (Ranked No. 4)

State Interest on General Debt

Top five for total expenditures: California, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey.

Top five for total per-capita spending: Massachusetts, Alaska, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Hawaii.

Total expenditures in Hawaii — $441 million (Ranked No. 28)

Hawaii per-capita spending — $341 (Ranked No. 5)

Public Welfare Expenditures

Top five for total expenditures: California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Top five for total per-capita spending: New York, Rhode Island, Alaska, Vermont and Massachusetts.

Total expenditures in Hawaii — $1.56 billion (Ranked No. 42)

Hawaii per-capita spending — $1,208 (Ranked No. 28)

State Health Expenditures

Top five for total expenditures: California, New York, Florida, Ohio and Illinois.

Top five for total per-capita spending: Hawaii, Wyoming, Delaware, Alaska and New York.

Total expenditures in Hawaii — $677.7 million (Ranked No. 25)

Hawaii per-capita spending — $523 (Ranked No. 1)

State Government Administration

Top five for total expenditures: California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Top five for total per-capita spending: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming.

Total expenditures in Hawaii — $486.7 million (Ranked No. 35)

Hawaii per-capita spending — $376 (Ranked No. 3)

State Parks and Recreation Expenditures

Top five for total expenditures: New York, New Jersey, California, Louisiana and North Carolina.

Top five for total per-capita spending: Louisiana, Wyoming, Delaware, Hawaii and New Jersey.

Total expenditures in Hawaii — $78.9 million (Ranked No. 26)

Hawaii per-capita spending — $61 (Ranked No. 4)

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