Fiscal Federalism V: Federal Other Direct Payments

Following on my two previous blogs (here and here) . . . this blog shows federal “other direct payments” spending as percent of personal income. What is this?

According to the Consolidated Federal Funds Report (pdf) from which this data is drawn from, “other direct payments” include:

  1. Medicare (more than half the total)
  2. Excess Earned Income Tax Credits (the portion that is refunded back to the individual)
  3. Unemployment Compensation
  4. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  5. Student Financial Assistance
  6. And a partridge in a pear tree . . .

The table below shows the wide range of federal “other direct payments” dependency by state. The states that are most dependent are: Kentucky (12 percent), North Dakota (9.9 percent), South Dakota (9.5 percent), Mississippi (7.6 percent) and West Virginia (7.3 percent)

On the other hand, the states that are least dependent are: Alaska (2.3 percent), Utah (3.3 percent), Colorado (3.5 percent), Nevada (3.5 percent) and New Hampshire (3.5 percent–Woo Hoo!)

Federal Other Direct Payments as a Percent of Personal Income in 2008

Fiscal Federalism III: Federal Dependency

I’m a little weirded-out because I had posted this before, but now I can’t find it anywhere.  If you have seen this before, please leave a comment to let me know.  Otherwise, I guess it must have gotten lost in cyberspace.  Ah, the joys of blogging 🙂

At any rate, the table below shows the wide range of federal dependency by state (as measured by federal spending as a percent of personal income).  The states that are most dependent are:  Kentucky (37.8 percent), New Mexico (37.3 percent), Virginia (37.2 percent), Alaska (35.1 percent) and Mississippi (34.5 percent).

On the other hand, the states that are least dependent are: New York (18.9 percent), New Hampshire (18.6 percent–Woo Hoo!), Minnesota (17.9 percent), New Jersey (16.6 percent) and Nevada (16.5 percent).

Federal Spending as a Percent of Personal Income in 2008