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In the course of collecting taxes and spending money, the federal government inevitably creates “winners” and “losers” across the American landscape. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Arizona is the sixteenth biggest net receiver of federal spending relative to federal taxes paid.
As shown in Chart 1, Arizona paid $8,194 per person in federal taxes in FY 2013—this was -24 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 10th lowest level in the country.
Federal Taxes by Type in FY 2013:
On the other hand, as shown in Chart 2, Arizona received $9,982 per person in federal spending in FY 2013—this was -7 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 22nd lowest level in the country.
Federal Spending by Type in FY 2013:
Overall, #Arizona receives $1.22 in #federalspending for every $1.00 sent to Washington, D.C. in #federaltaxes. (Click to Tweet) As shown in Chart 3, Arizona’s federal tax and spend ratio is the sixteenth highest in the country.
Of course, federal taxes paid and federal spending received do not flow evenly throughout the state. As such, we have also calculated the federal tax and spending ratios for every county in Arizona—though this was based on slightly older FY 2010 data.
There are only 15 Arizona counties and their federal tax and spending ratios are below:
More county detail for Arizona is shown in the color-coded map below.
Note: The data is based on the federal fiscal year that runs from September 1 to October 30.