To see where your state stands relative to other states, see
www.taxfoundation.org Examine the data to determine the amount of federal expenditures your state receives per dollar of taxes paid in 1998. The expenditure per dollar of taxes is easily understood: if a state has a ratio of $0.84 it means that they receive only 84 cents back in federal expenditures for every $1.00 that citizens pay out in federal taxes. Conversely, a ratio of $1.30 means that the state receives $1.30 in federal expenditures for every $1.00 that the states citizens pay out in federal taxes. A ratio of $1.00 means that the state receives in federal expenditures an amount equal to dollars paid in federal taxes. While exploring this web site, pay close attention to how your state's ratio has changed between 1988 and 1998. If the ration has changed, think about the reasons for this change. After studying the ratios, use your knowledge of your home state to write a short report on how your states politicians view your states relationship with the federal government. Address the following questions in your report: Do your state's politicians generally support or oppose increased federal power? Are there a lot of federal facilities in your state. If so, what kind? How does the political rhetoric about federalism in your state square with the ratio from the Web site? If your state has a ratio above $1.00 does the state generally support federal policies. If your state has a ratio below $1.00 do politicians generally oppose the federal government? Has the political rhetoric in your state changed over the past ten years? If so, do changes in the ratio explain it? What other factors (other than ratios) might determine how a state views its relationship with the federal government? Do these factors provide a better explanation for your states general views of the federal government? If so, why?
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