Federal spending in Louisiana outpaces what taxpayers send to Washington, study shows

Louisiana benefited from billions more in federal spending than taxpayers sent to Washington in 2017, according to a new report out this week.

The Rockefeller Institute of Government’s analysis of federal government spending and its impact on the states found Louisiana got back $1.52 for every $1 paid to the federal government that year. Overall, about $34.2 billion in taxes flowed to Washington, while the federal government spent $52 billion here — a net gain of about $17 billion. Researchers factored federally-funded programs, including Social Security, as well as federal employment wages.

“Some states receive far more in federal spending than their residents and businesses pay through taxes, while other states give far more than they get,” Rockefeller Institute researchers wrote in their summary of the annual “Giving or Getting?” report…

 

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