• Some States Rely On Feds For MORE THAN HALF Their Budgets

    Federal aid made up nearly a third of the combined revenue of all 50 states in fiscal year 2012, and some specific states relied on federal money for almost half their budget.

    A new map, created by by The Tax Foundation using data from the Census Bureau and Congressional Budget Office, shows just how much federal aid each state got in Fiscal Year 2012 as a percentage of its total general revenue.

    Mississippi led the way with 45.3 percent of its revenue coming from the federal government, followed by Louisiana with 44 percent, Tennessee with 41 percent, and South Dakota with 40.8 percent. (RELATED: Federal Disaster Aid Soaring Because Of Outdated FEMA Rules)

    Alaska got the least federal money, at 20 percent of its revenue. North Dakota, Virginia, Hawaii and Connecticut each got less than 25 percent of their revenue from the federal government.

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    The revenue total excludes utility, liquor store and insurance trust revenue.

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