Despite their sharp criticisms of federal spending, Republican states are the most dependent on government funds, according to a new Wallet Hub report.
Mississippi, a state mired in poverty and racism, takes about $3 in federal spending for every $1 dollar that state taxpayers contribute. The Magnolia State ties with New Mexico when it comes to dependency on government funds.
South Carolina taxpayers contribute $1 per capita for every $7.87 in federal funds funneled to the state.
The state with the lowest return on taxpayer investment is South Carolina. Its citizens pay $1 in taxes per capita for every $7.87 in federal funding received.
Ironically, Democratic states are less likely to depend on government funding, receiving fewer government contracts, fewer direct payments while simultaneously having a higher tax rate.
Red states under President Barack Obama have very publicly tried to distance themselves from government spending by refusing to expand healthcare for families and individuals in need, as well as working to reduce economic assistance via the SNAP program.
Despite this, Republican states still depend on the federal government to function.
See Wallet Hub’s graph ranking states by rate of federal spending below and see more details of their report here.