November 30 2009|09.28 AM UTC

Stan Reybern

Government Spending: State by State

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For the fiscal year 2009, some states got a larger slice of available government money than others. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of which states got the most government money per capita and which states received the least.

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Mark Montoya November 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

Even with the stimulus many states, like my home state of California, are struggling to make changes to the current economic crisis. I don’t think chasing more good money after bad will help, rather fundamental shifts in the way we do business as states will have to change; a paradigm shift that may take years to instate, but will no doubt have long-term benefits.

I for one am willing to ‘suffer’ now to make these changes so that future generations can benefit.


Sean December 1, 2009 at 3:54 am

Why would you parenthesize “suffer”? People are REALLY suffering right NOW… if you are really in danger of suffering financially you wouldn’t have typed it that way. I agree with you basically, but just remember, people out there CAN’T find jobs and are literally becoming homeless due to the current economy. You probably weren’t trying to make light of it but it seems to trivialize “suffering”…

Interesting infographic though. Thanks


Adrien December 1, 2009 at 8:17 am

There seems to be a typo in the bottom graph. You have MA listed twice and MD is missing.


Uh-huh January 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

And ‘delaware’ is speller wrong.. But I’m sure despite the typos encountered we can totally trust your numbers.


Jesse January 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

He put ‘suffer’ in quotes (not parenthesis) because nobody is in danger of starving to death, like they were during the Great Depression. Or in many parts of the world today.


insight January 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

suffering? “suffering”?? O…right…SUFFERING…”World hunger is projected to reach a historic high in 2009 with 1,020 million people going hungry every day, according to new estimates published by UN FAO today.”


Me January 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Adrien, you are a fool. MA and MD are 4 bars apart. Silly, Silly fool.


Research Doesn't Hurt January 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

@Mark Montoya
I agree, California *does* need to change the fundamental way it does business — but not necessarily by cutting taxes.

The state’s budget problems stem from “Proposition 13″ which passed in 1978. It single-handedly cut property taxes by 57%, there by forcing the state to rely much more heavily on income taxes (which works great in an economic boom, but is incredibly stupid during a recession). Furthermore, it instated a requirement that any new tax increase required a two thirds majority to pass. How often do you see a two thirds majority for *anything* in congress?

So they cut the major constant source of funding, and then made it neigh impossible to fix the situation. Then, low and behold, California ran up record amounts of debt. Surprise surprise.

Know your history.


Daniel November 27, 2010 at 6:17 am true.. also note that California schools have plummeted from the top five to the bottom five since prop 13. The wealthy that own multiple homes benefit most while those the proposition was introduced to help…the elderly to remain in their increasingly valuable homes on a fixed income. Now there are people trapped in their homes because if they sell and move their taxes will rise dramatically. There are homeowners paying 10% of what their neighbors in property tax (which in general pay for local schools, police, fire departments, librarys, streets and waste management. To maintain these services the state has had to implement many creativly structured taxes and fees…all to little avail…our police are some of the lowest paid in the nation, our fire departments are on rolling brown-outs, our libraries are closing, sewage pipes burst regularly and other services are at leased hampered if not outright crippled. Prop 13 was a sham perpetuated by the Right to free them of responsibility to society.


James Thompson January 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Wow, it’s surprising to see that Vermont’s %GSP is so high (I live there). I wonder if that’s a good indicator of relative taxes when looking at other states? If so, looks like Maryland is the place to be.


Singe January 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm


“suffer” <– quotation marks

(suffer) <– parentheses

Thank you.


Ambrose January 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Sean- Those aren’t parentheses. Maybe if you had a proper education, you wouldn’t be in danger of ‘suffering’.


Andrew January 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I think the “suffering,” that the homeless population endure, is nothing in comparison to how much of the world’s poverty suffers. Those very fortunate to live in a wealthly country are very lucky


David January 11, 2010 at 5:26 am

To bad there isn’t such a thing as a ‘wealthy’ country anymore.

To end the current economic situation, we need to end the retards in charge of spending, such as but not limited to, the IRS. And our government is largely to blame. If we took every penny we have spent on this shit-hole of a war, we would have paid off our national debt. But your right, i would rather give up everything just to save our asses…. oh yeah, except our liberty and freedom – oh wait, we already let them take that nine years ago ( remember the patriot act? our ‘savior’ of a president resigned that trash )

Great graphic Author! Thank You!


Justine January 12, 2010 at 3:59 am

He could have meant suffering comparable to the suffering in Darfur or the Holocaust. Not having money isn’t really comparable suffering to genocide.


Curmudgeon January 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Why is so much stimulus spending going into red states that did everything they could to prevent the stimulus bill from passing in the first place?

If a state’s Senators voted against the stimulus, they shouldn’t get anything. Voters need to be taught that voting for reactionary obstructionists has consequences.


Mike Goldman January 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

STOP ____The “PUBLIC EMPLOYEES thief from Bankrupting

“AMERICA” The Federal-State-Local Firemen-Policepeople

*&* other

Goverment Employees and Politicans are Bankrupting “America’

Making 4-10 Times what avg., working people make and with

100% of last day’s pay retirements ????? FOREVER ???

Do “YOU” get a 100%

retirement of last day pay with all benes and Full medical ??? FOREVER


Google__ Bankrupted Vallejo ,

California and approx., 20 +++

other California cities and the STATE itself-

Now the Public Employees in California have decided to make

it a California Constitutional RIGHT with a California

Constitutional Admentment for Nov., 2010.

And the “Stupid People here will probaly not READ and it

will pass ????? UNREAL___Mike ( I am moving ASAP


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