Hurricane Sandy Relief – More Conservative States Actually Receive Federal Aid than their Liberal Counterparts

I ran across this Wikipedia article today that listed each state by net contribution per capita. Those with a negative net contribution per capita (in red) actually receive more federal aid per person than they pay in tax dollars.

Rank State Revenue (millions) Population Revenue per capita Spending (millions) Spending per capita Net contribution per capita
1 Delaware $16,858 864,764 $19,494 $6,234 $7,209 $12,285
2 Minnesota $78,697 5,197,621 $15,141 $40,075 $7,710 $7,431
3 New Jersey $121,678 8,685,920 $14,009 $63,972 $7,365 $6,644
4 Connecticut $54,236 3,502,309 $15,486 $32,378 $9,245 $6,241
5 New York $244,673 19,297,729 $12,679 $157,789 $8,177 $4,502
6 Illinois $135,458 12,852,548 $10,539 $88,669 $6,899 $3,640
7 Nebraska $19,043 1,774,571 $10,731 $13,986 $7,881 $2,850
8 Rhode Island $11,967 1,057,832 $11,313 $9,077 $8,581 $2,732
9 Texas $225,391 23,904,380 $9,429 $171,766 $7,186 $2,243
10 Colorado $45,404 4,861,515 $9,340 $34,828 $7,164 $2,176
11 Massachusetts $74,782 6,449,755 $11,595 $61,028 $9,462 $2,133
12 Arkansas $27,340 2,834,797 $9,644 $22,454 $7,921 $1,723
13 Nevada $19,619 2,565,382 $7,648 $15,474 $6,032 $1,616
14 California $313,999 36,553,215 $8,590 $260,422 $7,124 $1,466
15 North Carolina $75,904 9,061,032 $8,377 $65,863 $7,269 $1,108
16 Wisconsin $43,778 5,601,640 $7,815 $38,177 $6,815 $1,000
17 Washington $57,450 6,468,424 $8,882 $52,455 $8,109 $773
18 Georgia $75,218 9,544,750 $7,881 $71,079 $7,447 $433
19 Ohio $105,773 11,466,917 $9,224 $105,214 $9,175 $49
20 Kansas $22,311 2,775,997 $8,037 $22,737 $8,191 ($154)
21 Michigan $69,924 10,071,822 $6,943 $71,652 $7,114 ($171)
22 New Hampshire $9,304 1,315,828 $7,071 $9,764 $7,420 ($349)
23 Oklahoma $29,325 3,617,316 $8,107 $30,686 $8,483 ($376)
24 Pennsylvania $112,368 12,432,792 $9,038 $117,151 $9,423 ($385)
25 Oregon $23,467 3,747,455 $6,262 $25,242 $6,736 ($474)
26 Florida $136,476 18,251,243 $7,478 $147,091 $8,059 ($581)
27 Tennessee $47,747 6,156,719 $7,755 $51,456 $8,358 ($603)
28 Indiana $42,668 6,345,289 $6,724 $47,254 $7,447 ($723)
29 Utah $15,064 2,645,330 $5,694 $17,158 $6,486 ($792)
30 Iowa $18,437 2,988,046 $6,170 $21,649 $7,245 ($1,075)
31 Missouri $48,568 5,878,415 $8,262 $55,564 $9,452 ($1,190)
32 Wyoming $4,725 522,830 $9,037 $5,355 $10,242 ($1,205)
33 Idaho $9,025 1,499,402 $6,019 $10,946 $7,300 ($1,281)
34 Arizona $35,485 6,338,755 $5,598 $48,012 $7,574 ($1,976)
35 Louisiana $33,677 4,293,204 $7,844 $43,036 $10,024 ($2,180)
36 Vermont $3,806 621,254 $6,126 $5,579 $8,980 ($2,854)
37 Maryland $53,705 5,618,344 $9,559 $70,617 $12,569 ($3,010)
38 Kentucky $23,151 4,241,474 $5,458 $35,927 $8,470 ($3,012)
39 Puerto Rico[5] $3,549 3,941,459 $888 $16,798 $4,262 ($3,374)
40 South Carolina $20,499 4,407,709 $4,651 $37,056 $8,407 ($3,756)
41 Montana $4,523 957,861 $4,722 $8,497 $8,871 ($4,149)
42 Maine $6,289 1,317,207 $4,775 $11,850 $8,996 ($4,221)
43 South Dakota $4,766 796,214 $5,985 $8,280 $10,399 ($4,414)
44 North Dakota $3,660 639,715 $5,721 $6,766 $10,577 ($4,856)
45 Hawaii $7,666 1,283,388 $5,974 $14,062 $10,957 ($4,983)
46 Alabama $24,149 4,627,851 $5,218 $47,889 $10,348 ($5,130)
47 West Virginia $6,522 1,812,035 $3,599 $17,067 $9,419 ($5,820)
48 Virginia $61,990 7,712,091 $8,038 $110,105 $14,277 ($6,239)
49 Mississippi $10,869 2,918,785 $3,724 $30,616 $10,489 ($6,765)
50 New Mexico $8,346 1,969,915 $4,237 $22,418 $11,380 ($7,143)
51 Alaska $4,287 683,478 $6,273 $9,378 $13,721 ($7,448)
52 District of Columbia[6] $20,394 588,292 $34,666 $43,475 $73,900 ($39,234)

As a fiscal conservative I find it a bit ironic that many of those states that claim to be the most conservative actually receive the most federal aid per person. I find it even more troubling that these same conservatives are complaining about the approval of Sandy relief paid for by tax dollars.

Undoubtedly the Sandy relief comes with a ton or pork barrel spending attached to it, but I say it’s better the money goes to Americans who need it rather than senseless wars. In fact, maybe we conservatives should take a look at the aid received by our own state before we start complaining too much.

I’m all for bitching about federal budgets and over spending, but I’m not going to accuse a fellow American, one in the Northeast states affected by Sandy, for being irresponsible for not having enough hurricane insurance. They need and deserve the help. I say we praise the Government for helping people – then condemn them for drone attacks on citizens. Not the other way round.

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