As Donald Trump gets ready to release the full ugly of the frightful budget framework his White House spat out two months ago, Mike Maciag of Governing reviews the Census Bureau’s 2015 Annual Survey of State Government Finances and finds that the states depend on the federal government for nearly a third of their general funds. How does South Dakota’s federal dependence stack up?
|Federal Share of FY15…||General Fund||Public Welfare (excluding school lunch and WIC)||Education||Roads|
We tie with Alabama for 12th-highest percentage of general fund made up of federal funds. In Fiscal Year 2015, South Dakota state government paid 64.9% of its own bills. Minnesota paid 72.8% of its own way. The liberal bastions of California, Illinois, and Massachusetts all base lower percentages of their state budgets on federal funds than does South Dakota.
Among the six states bordering South Dakota, only Montana relied on Uncle Sam for more of its budget that we did. We actually pay a smaller percentage of our welfare budget with federal money, but we are the second-most reliant state on federal education dollars and the ninth-most reliant on federal road dollars.
Hmm… those figures don’t make self-reliance look like a uniquely South Dakotan value.