Fiscal Federalism IV: Federal Retirement and Disability

Following on my previous blog which showed overall federal spending as a percent of personal income . . . this blog shows federal “retirement and disability” spending as percent of personal income. What is this?

According to the Consolidated Federal Funds Report (pdf) from which this data is drawn from:

Retirement and disability programs include federal employee retirement and disability benefits, social security payments of all types, selected Veterans Administration programs, and selected other federal programs

The table below shows the wide range of federal “retirement and disability” dependency by state. The states that are most dependent are: West Virgina (12.8 percent), Alabama (10.4 percent), Arkansas (10.1 percent), Mississippi (10 percent) and Kentucky (9.8 percent).

On the other hand, the states that are least dependent are: Alaska (4.6 percent), Connecticut (4.7 percent), California (4.8 percent), Massachusetts (5.1 percent) and New Jersey (5.1 percent).

Federal Retirement and Disability Spending as a Percent of Personal Income by State for 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