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    Default Where Do the Tax Dollars Go? Red or Blue?

    Out of curiosity, I looked into which states get the most from the Federal Government as a percent of the dollars they pay in in taxes. You would think that it would be the so-called Blue States with their more liberal positions. Interestingly enough, a blue state is actually much more likely to be subsidising a red state than vice versa.

    I got my original list of what percent of tax dollars states send to the Federal Government and what percentage of that they got back in government expenditures in 2005 from this site: http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/f...e-20071009.pdf
    and I combined it with a list of red/ blue states according to this one: http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp200.../red-blue.html which takes into consideration other governent positions in addition to how they vote in presidential campaigns and added a "B" for a blue state and a "R" for a red state to the original list from the TaxFoundation.org.



    The results:
    State: Federal Spending per Dollar of Federal Taxes: Rank: Blue or Red
    New Mexico $2.03 1 R
    Mississippi $2.02 2 R
    Alaska $1.84 3 R
    Louisiana $1.78 4 R
    West Virginia $1.76 5 R
    North Dakota $1.68 6 R
    Alabama $1.66 7 R
    South Dakota $1.53 8 R
    Kentucky $1.51 9 R
    Virginia $1.51 10 R
    Montana $1.47 11 R
    Hawaii $1.44 12 B
    Maine $1.41 13 B
    Arkansas $1.41 14 R
    Oklahoma $1.36 15 R
    South Carolina $1.35 16 R
    Missouri $1.32 17 R
    Maryland $1.30 18 B
    Tennessee $1.27 19 R
    Idaho $1.21 20 R
    Arizona $1.19 21 R
    Kansas $1.12 22 R
    Wyoming $1.11 23 R
    Iowa $1.10 24 R
    Nebraska $1.10 25 R
    Vermont $1.08 26 B
    North Carolina $1.08 27 R
    Pennsylvania $1.07 28 B
    Utah $1.07 29 R
    Indiana $1.05 30 R
    Ohio $1.05 31 R
    Georgia $1.01 32 R
    Rhode Island $1.00 33 B
    Florida $0.97 34 R
    Texas $0.94 35 R
    Oregon $0.93 36 B
    Michigan $0.92 37 B
    Washington $0.88 38 B
    Wisconsin $0.86 39 B
    Massachusetts $0.82 40 B
    Colorado $0.81 41 R
    New York $0.79 42 B
    California $0.78 43 B
    Delaware $0.77 44 B
    Illinois $0.75 45 B
    Minnesota $0.72 46 B
    New Hampshire $0.71 47 B
    Connecticut $0.69 48 B
    Nevada $0.65 49 R
    New Jersey $0.61 50 B
    District of Columbia $5.55 na
    Federal Spending in Each State Per Dollar of Federal Taxes
    FY 2005
    Source: Tax Foundation, Census Bureau
    All of the 25 highest return states are all red states- getting back more in federal spending than they send in in taxes.

    Eighteen states pay the same or more in taxes than they receive in federal spending. Of these, fourteen are so-called blue states.
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    State rankings in terms of per-capita federal spending:
    http://www.nemw.org/fundsrank.htm
    1 Alaska $13,788 R
    2 Virginia 12,583 R
    3 Maryland 11,972 B
    4 New Mexico 10,752 R
    5 North Dakota 10,391 R
    6 Hawaii 10,018 B
    7 South Dakota 9,590 R
    8 Wyoming 9,440 R
    9 Alabama 9,265 R
    10 Mississippi 9,027 R

    11 West Virginia 8,909
    12 Connecticut 8,827
    13 Louisiana 8,815
    14 Massachusetts 8,684
    15 Maine 8,654
    16 Montana 8,350
    17 Missouri 8,340
    18 Kentucky 8,308
    19 Tennessee 8,062
    20 Pennsylvania 8,046

    21 Rhode Island 7,896
    22 Oklahoma 7,816
    23 Florida 7,586
    24 South Carolina 7,531
    25 New York 7,521
    26 Arizona 7,500
    27 Vermont 7,495
    28 Kansas 7,474
    29 Washington 7,389
    30 Arkansas 7,354

    31 Nebraska 7,289
    32 Iowa 6,884
    33 North Carolina 6,817
    34 Ohio 6,796
    35 New Jersey 6,771
    36 Indiana 6,768
    37 Idaho 6,731
    38 California 6,725
    39 Colorado 6,670
    40 Georgia 6,571

    41 Delaware 6,537 B
    42 Texas 6,509 R
    43 Michigan 6,410 B
    44 New Hampshire 6,393 B
    45 Illinois 6,351 B
    46 Oregon 6,279 B
    47 Wisconsin 6,091 B
    48 Minnesota 6,075 B
    49 Utah 5,917 R
    50 Nevada 5,849 R
    On this list, I only did "Red State/ Blue State" for the top and bottom ten. Of these, nine of the top ten in terms of per capita federal spending were Red States and seven of the ten with the lowest per capita federal spending were Blue States.
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