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Federal Dependency in Maine

Federal Dependency in Maine

The chart below shows the amount of federal spending in Maine asa percent of personal income between 1981 and 2008.  Since 1981, Maine's dependency on federal spending is roughly the same today as it was then, albeit at a high level with a ratio of $1 federal dollar for every $4 dollars of personal ...
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Federal Spending Equals Higher State and Local Taxes

Federal Spending Equals Higher State and Local Taxes

Yes, you read that correctly.  It seems that when Uncle Sam goesaround offering "free money" it turns out that money is not so freeafter all.A new study by Professor Russell S. Sobel and George R. Crowley sheds light on a particularly disturbing aspectof federal spending--the inducement of higher s ...
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Federal Spending In Maine

Federal Spending In Maine

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released their annual Consolidated Federal Funds Report which tracks federal spending by state.  The chart below shows federal spending in Maine by major type.  Total federal spending increased by $442 billion to $3.2 trillion in 2009 from $2.7 trillion in 2008, or 16. ...
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The Economic Impact of Federal Spending on State Economic Performance

The Economic Impact of Federal Spending on State Economic Performance

Read full report | EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Federal government spending comes with costs; it should not be accepted as the free-lunch it is frequently considered to be. Every dollar the government spends must first be removed from the pocket of the private sector – through higher taxes today, or ...
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