Conservative States Rely Most on Federal Aid

Washington Post: “They staunchly oppose federal meddling, but conservative states are among the most reliant on federal funding for revenues.”

“Mississippi and Louisiana are the two neediest states, with federal aid accounting for 43 percent and 42 percent of their respective overall revenues in fiscal 2013, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the Tax Foundation, which advocates for policies that lower taxes and broaden the tax base.”

“Both Southern states also rank among the most conservative, according to Gallup’s latest ranking: Mississippi was first, and Louisiana ranked third.”

“The South is home to five of the 10 most reliant states. The West and Midwest are each home to two, and the Northeast is home to one. The most reliant states tend to collect less revenue on their own and house larger poor populations, the Tax Foundation notes.”

 

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  • drzaius

    Been following this trend for 10 years or so…

  • realnrh

    So, basically, the more a state depends on federal aid, the more likely it is for that state to resent needing the federal aid, which translates into resenting the organization that provides it.

    • embo66

      I think that’s also known as biting the hand that feeds you.

  • tooth2power

    Another deceptive media lie.
    1. They count military aid as Federal aid….Navy, Army and Air Force Bases primarily in “conservative” and / or coastal states for good reason. Everyone benefits from their service.
    2. They count disaster / FEMA aid as Federal aid…tornados, hurricanes etc. – Why repair the infrastructure ? see above.
    3. They count welfare and food stamps as Federal aid….low educated and minority head count anyone ?
    Questions ?

    • drzaius

      Good, give the money back.

    • federal dollars are federal dollars despite your whining excuses. how about pulling your own weight for once?

    • embo66

      Low educational attainment, low average incomes, and poor health outcomes — no matter what the race — tend to occur in direct correlation to low taxes and a reluctance to spend anything for the larger public good; both policies often result in stunted or one-trick-pony economies as well. So do entrenched attitudes that discourage diversity and innovation. E.g., the South also has the lowest graduation rates, incomes, and health outcomes among WHITES, too.

  • tooth2power

    Another deceptive media lie.
    1. They count military aid as Federal aid….Navy, Army and Air Force Bases primarily in “conservative” and / or coastal states for good reason. Everyone benefits from their service.
    2. They count disaster / FEMA aid as Federal aid…tornados, hurricanes etc. – Why repair the infrastructure ? see above.
    3. They count welfare and food stamps as Federal aid….low educated and minority head count anyone ?
    Questions ?

  • Misleading Onion

    Hardly surprising.

  • welfare dependency

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