10 States Most Dependent on the Federal Government

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There are a lot of great qualities that define the United States, but chief among them is the Constitution. The country’s founders pieced together one of the most timeless and endearing governmental contracts ever written. The document not only serves as the backbone of the nation but as study material for developing nations around the world.

While many countries around the world have different provinces or regions, the genius of America’s political organization lies partially within the way the states and the federal government form a cohesive bond. Essentially, the states themselves act as individual laboratories, all separate and able to take self-direction and action, yet all tied together under a unified central government.

Individuals in each city, county and state are free to elect their own representatives, whether to local governmental bodies or federal ones. In this way, we are all able to get a glimpse into how competing ideologies or methodologies for governance work for different groups of people in different situations, and cherry pick from a variety of different perspectives.

Naturally, each state has a certain amount of competing interest with its counterparts. States compete with each other in order to attract business, for example, or to attract students. However, given the major demographic, economic, political, and geographical differences between different states, some states carry unique burdens while others have unique advantages. Border states, for example, are much more concerned with immigration policies than central states are, and Gulf Coast states are much more concerned with disaster relief than the northeast.

Because of differences like these, and because of differences in fiscal policymaking, states depend on support from the federal government to vastly different degrees. In a recent report, WalletHub looked at which states leaned most heavily on Uncle Sam for support.

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