Sure is. Just ask the MA state legislature why it's broke. Paying staties to watch guys dig ditches, at the tune of ... oh .... $85 AN HOUR!
Every other state in the union uses flagmen at $15 an hour max. But hey, we're the "leaders' of the nation.
Not to mention all the great cars, cell phones, licenses, food stamps, & other assorted benefits available to anyone who chooses to f-off in life .... legal resident, or not.