Well, it could be their ranking as number one in Govpro's 2012 per-cap spending report. According to the author of the report, Michael Keating, Nevada spends the least per-capita on government.
"This ranking reflects the fact that Nevada has the most friendly business climate in the country with no corporate or personal income taxes, as well as some of the most attractive incorporation laws in the nation," said Dave Berns, director of communications for the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development. "Not only is Nevada a smart place to do business but [is] also a highly efficient state when it comes to the spending of public money."
The other top five states with lowest per-capita spends are Texas, Georgia, Florida and Illinois.
Among the 20 states with the lowest per-capita spends, almost half are in the Midwest, and six are in the southern United States.
The five states with the highest per-capita spending rates are Vermont, New Mexico, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska, which has the highest per-capita spending rate among all states.