Pew study: Alabama Ranks High in Federal Spending

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A new national report says federal spending in Alabama equals 29.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

That’s the fifth highest rate among the states, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The report says Alabama’s total federal spending for fiscal 2013 was $56.8 billion.

Retirement benefits, including Social Security, and non-retirement benefits, such as Medicare and food assistance, made up nearly two-thirds of the federal spending in Alabama.

The Pew Charitable Trusts began tracking the geographic distribution of federal spending after the U.S. Census Bureau quit doing it a few years ago.

Mississippi had the highest rate of federal spending relative to its gross domestic product. Virginia was second, New Mexico third and Maine fourth. Wyoming finished last among the states.
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