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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Federal Aid To The Needy (By State)

Which political party is the party of the needy?

So people vote for the GOP because they believe the hype about "government spending", "big government", and "handouts" (to people and states). 

I could spend an hour or two posting data and illustrations that places the misguided belief squarely in the "safe GOP strategy" and HogWash, the following piece with graphic saves much time and effort.

As Mitt Romney traveled to Boca Raton, Florida for a schmoozing session with very high end potential donors (and opulent per dinner plate spenders), he rallied the revelers with his now famous "47 percent" characterization. He didn't bother to sate facts about the GOP constituency and aid users. 

General Aid and State General Revenue (FY2012)

H/T Washington Post for the lead on this piece

Earlier in he week, I actually was in conservation with a professed conservative who indicated growing disdain for the GOP. I also admitted a great deal of contempt for what I am seeing from the Democratic Party. My discussion partner indicated they harbored an affinity for the GOP based on its polices regarding spending on aid programs. I did not press, but I assumed the discussion partner felt Paul Ryan's "Inner City Culture" comments and GOP contempt for welfare and aid to children food programs was at the forefront of their thoughts. I also did not bother to ask the discussion partner how they felt about federal aid to Wall Street, Big Oil ad Big Tobacco. The person was paradigm (ed) to GOP Ideology

Recognition of a paradigm is a gift most do not possess. Failure to recognize a person is literally hypnotized to a state of paradigm, can lead to heated counter-productive arguments. Interactions that neither party leaves with a useful takeaway.  My discussion ending retort related to GOP social derangement inner core of bigotry (ad racism) and the fact data shows DEMs manage the US economy much more effectively than the GOP. 

I digress. Before the end of this piece, take another closer look at states that are safe GOP electoral votes and reflect on GOP policy regrading cutting aid to people who must eat to sustain life.

Tax Foundation

Which States Rely the Most on Federal Aid?

January 08, 2015
Liz Malm, Richard Borean

Though taxes are the most common and recognizable source of state government revenues, it's important to remember that they're not the only source. In fact, state governments received 31.5 percent of their total general revenues from transfers from the federal government in the 2012 fiscal year.
That number varies pretty widely for specific states, however. For example, Mississippi obtains 45.3 percent of its total state general revenues from the federal government (the largest share in the country). Also on the high end are Louisiana (44.0 percent), Tennessee (41.0 percent), South Dakota (40.8 percent), and Missouri (39.4 percent).
On the other end of the spectrum are those states who receive a much smaller share of general revenues from the federal government. The lowest federal share occurs in Alaska at 20.0 percent, followed by North Dakota (20.5 percent), Virginia (23.5 percent), Hawaii (23.5 percent), and Connecticut (23.6 percent).
For all fifty states, see the map below. Note that this measure of general revenue includes tax collections but excludes utility revenue, liquor store revenue, and insurance trust revenue.
Click on map to enlarge. (See our reposting policy here.)
Here are some useful background resources on this topic:
Interested in more comparisons of state taxation? Check out Facts & Figures 2014: How does your state compare?Follow Liz and Rich on Twitter @elizabeth_malm and @RichardBorean, respectively.​ 
Here are some useful background resources on this topic:The original data source from the Census Bureau's Survey of State and Local Government Finance.A Congressional Budget Office report from 2011 discussing where this federal funding comes from.A more detailed description from the Census Bureau of what goes into this category in their data.Analysis of what types of things federal aid to states funds from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (with descriptions and historical data). ​Interested in more comparisons of state taxation? Check out Facts & Figures 2014: How does your state compare?Follow Liz and Rich on Twitter @elizabeth_malm and @RichardBorean, respectively.​

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