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Friday, September 30, 2016

New Hampshire 42nd Least Federally Dependent State

At least according to this article from Wallet Hub.  Of some interest is which states are the least dependent. New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware round out the bottom three.

The smaller the number, the greater the dependence.
Even more interesting is that " blue states" are far less dependent on the Federal Government.

 I would have suspected that NJ and Connecticut for example, make up for low federal dependency with high taxes. NH has not only very low dependency, but was one of 10 states with low taxes.

How much federal money does NH receive?

For fiscal year 2017, the greatest source of revenue for NH  will be the Federal government ( source: Transparent NH) at  about $1.73 billion  or 30.28% of all restricted and unrestricted revenue. 
The following is where all the revenue is expected to come from in 2017:

So where does the money go?

We have roads to maintain, bridges to rebuild, a growing elderly population, a crisis with opioid addiction, ongoing " adequate" education funding, health care, and much more. We need essential services and a sound infrastructure. We also need the money to pay for it. That in a nutshell is the budget conundrum we face every two years in NH. 

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