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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