Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

By Joseph Lawler

Which states rely the most on the federal government for revenues? This chart from the Tax Foundation illustrates the answer:

All the states get between about a quarter and a half of their revenues from the feds. Mississippi is the biggest moocher, depending on the federal government for nearly half of its funds. Alaska is the most independent, with just 24 percent of its revenues coming from D.C (oil revenues likely explain both Alaska and North Dakota's relative fiscal independence).

Joseph Lawler is editor of RealClearPolicy. He can be reached by email or on twitter.

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