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Fiscal Federalism Initiative

The federal government spends trillions of dollars in the states each year, but the amount and composition of that spending differs dramatically from state to state. As a result, federal budget decisions that increase or decrease areas of spending can have varied economic impacts across the states. 

Federal defense spending equals about $1,510 among the 50 states and District of Columbia on a per capita basis. What is it in your state? Click to find out.

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What state has the highest per capita spending for the low-income home energy assistance program?

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North Dakota at $34 per capita. Learn More

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