I believe it’s somewhat hypocritical for politicians in Alabama to “cuss” the federal government for “political” gain. That’s especially true when you consider how much money our state receives each year from that same federal government. A new national report reveals that federal spending in Alabama equals 29.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. That’s the fifth highest rate among the states, according to the report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew report says Alabama’s total federal spending for fiscal 2013 was $56.8 billion. Retirement benefits, including Social Security, and non-retirement benefits, such as Medicare and food assistance, made up nearly two-thirds of the federal spending in Alabama.
The Pew Charitable Trusts began tracking the geographic distribution of federal spending after the U.S. Census Bureau quit doing it a few years ago. Mississippi had the highest rate of federal spending relative to its gross domestic product. Virginia was second, New Mexico third, Maine fourth and Alabama ranked fifth. Wyoming finished last among the states. Perhaps, we should question our politician’s motives the next time we hear them tell how bad the federal government is.
Source: Associated Press
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