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  1. Mayonnaise says:

    What is the Fed’s take from Georgia through federal income taxes, gasoline taxes, etc?

      • “spending in each state”… does that include what the federal government spends buying planes from Lockheed Martin as well as on military bases or installations such as Dobbins? Or is that only what directly comes back to the state government to spend as it chooses?

        • analogkid says:

          They didn’t explain their methodology, so I decided to see if I could figure it out.

          I was able to find Federal expenditures for 2007 here:
          http://harvester.census.gov/cffr/asp/Geography.asp

          and total tax collections for 2007 here:
          http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/07db05co.xls

          So, $71B in expenditures divided by $75B in collections is $0.95 in Federal spending per $1.00 collected for 2007, which puts Georgia into the “net payer” category for that year. As the article points out however, we get more Federal money now than we did previously.

          (Obviously it’s been a slow day at work.)

          • analogkid says:

            Also, David: You’ll find the answer to your question about defense contracts in the first link.

      • Georgia was in a lot better position federally in 2005 when the GOP was in control. Of course part of the reason the GOP is no longer in control is the pork they sent back to the states.

        So Federal spending in Georgia has nearly doubled in 8 years. We know all states got extra money to help balance state budgets this year and Obama is pushing for $50 billion more.

        In terms of population growth and inflation.

        Inflation has occurred during the last 8 years. $7 billion in 2003 would be $8.29 billion in 2011. So we gain over a billion in just inflation alone. Source: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

        The estimated population for Georgia in 2003 was 8,684,715. So the federal government gave the state back $806.01 for every Georgia citizen ($954.99 adjusted to 2011 dollars).
        Source: http://www.gadata.org/information_services/Census_Info/County2003.htm

        The estimated population for Georgia in 2010 is 9,592,370.
        Source: http://www.gadata.org/information_services/Census_Info/2010residentialprojections.htm

        That means federal spending per Georgia citizen rose from $954.9 in 2003 to $1,355.24 in 2011.

        The interesting fact to see would be what were these levels in FY 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. Did the numbers steadily increase or was most of the money added in the past year from federal “stimulus” dollars. The spending per person has gone up by $400.25. That’s 42% increase. But that’s a far cry from the 85% increase that it looks like when you just say, “$7 billion in 2003 is now $13 billion in 2011.”

        A steady increase in federal spending would show a dangerous trend, unless Georgia continues to receive back at near parity levels the amount of money we send to Washington.

        Dan Adams makes a good point (read below) that those dollars do come back to us with strings attached, which can make the actual cost of those dollars more costly in the long run.

        It is a question on whether we tell the federal government to take a hike and let them send those Georgia dollars that we all paid into the system to other states like New York and California or suck it up and get our money back, along with the strings attached.

  2. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    Let me get this straight Petey. Obama targets Georgia’s wealthy as well as the wealthy in other states to pay extra taxes while nearly 40plus % don’t pay any and the Feds take that tax money as well as mine and give them a earned income tax credit. So Georgia Republican shift the load to the predatory taxing Feds who have been screwing us for years except they are screwing us more during basically a depression when billions in stimulus money only created jobs in the government sector.

    Now WTH is your problem anyway? You rather Nigeria gets it?

    And actually where is the Utopia?

  3. mitchmartin says:

    Another inane, nonsenical post from a ranting and raving idiot. Exactly what are the qualifications for being a front page poster?

    • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

      I like corporate welfare, it pays more dividends than welfare in the projects. Corporations employee people. Welfare to crackheads dont. No payback of possibility of a payback there.

  4. Dickson says:

    I agree with part of Pete’s premise — if we had had a leader in the house on W. Paces we would likely have a stronger Republican field ready to maintain control — the irony is, Sonny, a likable guy, didn’t establish a conservative stronghold that could have been possible – so the man who gave us ‘King Roy the rat,’ has left the State with the possibility of Roy redeeming his resume with another term. Sadly, the shadow of FDR has not completely faded from the red clay hills. We need our own Chris Christy in the Gov’s office.

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