Sunday, February 15, 2015

Social Welfare Spending by State

How much does your state spend on social welfare as percentage of its annual budget?  The Washington Examiner published the following:

Nationwide, state governments collectively spend $2 trillion, with $520 billion of that going toward welfare programs, or just under 26 percent. Education is the highest category of state government spending, with 30 percent of state government spending nationwide

Every state that spends less than one-fifth of its budget on welfare is west of the Mississippi River. Besides that, geographic regions have a wide variance in welfare spending as a portion of state budgets. New York spends 32 percent of its budget on welfare, while neighboring New Jersey spends 22 percent. Florida spends 28 percent of its budget on welfare, while nearby South Carolina spends 21 percent.

What does your state spend?


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