Arizona Among States Most Reliant on Federal Government

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Arizona lawmakers love to fight the federal government -- to an extent.

By one measure, there are only nine states that are more dependent on the federal government than Arizona.

It's no secret that around 40 percent of Arizona's revenue is federal money, which is the sixth-highest percentage in the nation.

But the finance website WalletHub came up with a pseudo-scientific measure of a state's dependency on Washington with a few other factors, too.

For example, for every dollar Arizonans pay in federal income taxes, the state gets about $1.61 back. That's above average (obviously).

Arizona also has a slightly above-average number of federal employees per capita.

Factor in those three things, and they figure Arizona's 10th-most reliant on the federal government.

One thing not taken into account is the fact that nearly half of Arizona land is either Indian land or owned by the federal government.

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Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw

With just a quick Google search you can also see how much I care about internet "facts & figures" The federal government owes Arizona 9 billion dollars just on border related costs alone. That's 22% of our state's yearly GDP. Lrn2math it makes fiction easier to spot.

Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw

Troll harder New Times. Try using facts next time for your bullshit stories.

Jessie Garcia
Jessie Garcia

Doesn't surprise me, Republicans bitch and moan about fiscal responsibility, all the while sucking on the Government TEET...

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

This is obvious. Drive around town a little bit and look at what low taxation and low standards gets you. It isn't pretty.

DNichols
DNichols

While the Right Wing G.O.P. Extremist Whacko's slither around mouching from the Federal Government saying "Don't Tread on Me" at least thier silly flag depicts their true form of snakes?!

The Top G.O.P. Snake is thier President, instead of Mouching a salary he should be in Federal Prison for his criminal Election Rigging/Manipulating during his recall.

Harry Berzes
Harry Berzes

Nice weather and flying go together. Luke and DM are here for a reason. The high poverty rate adds to it. Obvious you guys dont remember the Why part from Journo school. You are stuck on what. Back to Joe bashing, its what you do best.

angusXray
angusXray

"It's no secret that around 40 percent of Arizona's revenue is federal money, which is the sixth-highest percentage in the nation."


Percentage of revenue is basically a BS measure. Most federal money isn't sent without strings attached. The overwhelming majority of it goes to pay for the state to administer federally mandated programs rather than to subsidize state programs. The state doesn't have a real choice on whether to accept the money or not. So a frugal state is always going to have a high percentage of "revenue" coming from the feds. 


Even federal funding per capita is BS in the context of Arizona because it includes the funding for native american reservations over which the state has ZERO control.

Richard Dickson
Richard Dickson

Nebraska is a close second behind Arizona, dependent on the federal government and the sleazy Pentagon.

Jerry Young
Jerry Young

I wonder how much is spent on social programs for citizens 'vs' non-citizens?

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

It's always been this way. Nothing new. White people just like to tell themselves fairy tales about self-reliance. It goes all the way back to whitey begging for federal troops to protect their shit from Apache raids. Turns out markets can't function without state violence, and the military is always a good customer.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

If it weren't for the blue states that pay more to the feds than they get back, the crazy states like AZ and their tea stained idiots would be bankrupt.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

If Arizona is heavily dependent on the federal government. That means the Feds should also come in and arrest the Flaccid Failure for various violation of federal laws.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

This just proves how empty the BS from the GOP controlled legislature really is....  They LOVE federal handouts for programs they like! (or that will get them re-elected...)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@angusXray  You mean like the reservations in the blue states that pay more to the feds than they get back?  You do know there are reservations in blue states too, don't you?

angusXray
angusXray

@WhoKnows  Not true. Most of the federal money is spent on federal mandates.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@WhoKnowsIt's because of their "anti-tax" rhetoric. If they're against taxes, they are against generating state revenue. Revenue is what keeps business and economy flowing. Not to mention--job growth. 


Anti-tax=broke.

angusXray
angusXray

@WhoKnows  In most cases they are forced to take the federal handouts. I think the most conservative members of the legislature would rather not have any federal money for better or worse.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@totenkopf.andy @angusXray  Says the person who doesn't even know the fact that Cali has a surplus... that you are calling a deficit.


So, who is it that is confused by facts?? Oh wait, that's right, you are not confused by them, your simply to dumb to know facts.

angusXray
angusXray

@WhoKnows @angusXray  Take a look at where New Mexico, pretty much the only blue state to have as high percentage of Native Americans as Arizona does, falls on the list mentioned by Mr. Hendley. It's worse than Arizona. In fact it is last.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@angusXray @WhoKnows  Then why do most blue states pay more to the feds than they get back, while most red states get more from the feds than they pay in?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@angusXray @WhoKnows  If that was the case, then ALL states would be getting more money from the feds than they pay in!  And that is NOT the case!

soulalibi
soulalibi

@angusXray @WhoKnowsAnd the majority of those states I mentioned are Red states. Native Americans have nothing to do with how Republicans make their own states run dirt poor. It's just the Republicans incompetency to govern properly and prosperously.

soulalibi
soulalibi

@angusXray @WhoKnowsYet you don't bother to post a single valid source to back up your blather. According to the USA Today, Business Insider. The Gallup-Healthway's 2013 reports that states in the Midwest and the South ranked as the worst in the U.S. Sorry to piss in your cornflakes. But New Mexico did not make that top 10 list. Per the #10 position: Nevada, Oklahoma and South Carolina tied. While at #1 worst of all time goes out to West Virginia. All the states in between, as I said--midwest/southern states such Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana etc:

http://www.businessinsider.com/least-happy-states-2013-2#10-tie-south-carolina-3

soulalibi
soulalibi

@angusXray: That's a common fallacy from folks like you. Tribes receiving federal funding are for programs like BIA, tribal police, IHC, and education. Just like the programs in your cities. You are still heavily reliant on the U.S. government much like everyone else. 

angusXray
angusXray

@Shadow_Wolf2014 @WhoKnows @angusXray  Completely irrelevant to the issue at hand. Casino revenue does not significantly change the amount of money the federal government distributes to tribal governments. It is additional revenue for the tribes. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Valley, there's no way to know the percentage of illegals in MA and in AZ.

Massachusetts and Arizona have roughly the same population. That's about it. (I lived there for 13 years.)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows @angusXray  I'm willing to bet there is the same percentage of people on food stamps/welfare in MA as in AZ, if not more.  You really make a bag of rocks look like Einstein at times!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative@angusXray 

It's really a pretty simple concept.  Do you think the feds have to pay large sums of money to Massachusetts to feed breakfast to children of illegal aliens?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @angusXray 

Because the sorts of things that the feds mandate tend to be more expensive in the Red states, largely because those states don't want them in the first place.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@WhoKnows @valleynative Oh yes typical VN,when confronted with facts he starts calling names,picks up his ball and goes home to sulk.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

You're too stupid to argue with.  I'm not wasting my time.  You and I both know that you're the idiot.  So do 90% of the people reading this.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows @angusXray  So, you don't even understand your own posts.  Please.  Read a book!


Again, why do most blue states pay more to the feds than they get back, while all but one red state (Texas) get back more than they pay in?

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