Fix and PL commenters are quick to allege that R states are “donees” and D states are “donors”. The reality eludes them. But what is the reality?
In the map above, the deepest green states are the biggest donors and the deepest red states are the biggest donees.
The average state should be light green, that is, a small donor, to cover spending outside the USA. We should look at the average states, the light green ones, like Texas, last.
We can quickly deal with some of the red states. MD and VA house much of the federal bureaucracy. They are understandably donees. NM and AK have huge native American and national park and national forest burdens. They are understandably donees. Notice, btw, that of those first four, only one is reliably Republican. That always falls on deaf ears at PL.
NJ, an industrialized state with plenty of manufacturing and commerce and limited support from AG subsidies or military bases or national parks or Indian reservations, is an understandable big donor.
I have more trouble understanding IL’s situation. Like TX, it is big in industry and agriculture. IL should be light green, as far as I can see. Why is it such a big donor?
Why is WVa such a big donee? If I had to guess, I would think it was purely the legacy of Robert Byrd, but that is cynical, no? Why is FL a net donee? Indians and parks? Could be the Everglades and Key West and the military are enough to explain it, coupled with AG subsidies. Or are they counting where the social security checks are going?
I am curious as to y’all’s deep thoughts, this not being either The Fix or PL.