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Maine is the Seventh Biggest Net Receiver of Federal Spending in 2013

Dec 31, 2015

 

 

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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, Maine is the seventh biggest net receiver of federal spending relative to federal taxes paid.

 

 

 

As shown in Chart 1, Maine paid $8,593 per person in federal taxes in FY 2013—this was -20 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 15th lowest level in the country.

 

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Federal Taxes by Type in FY 2013:

 

 

  • Corporate Income Tax: The federal corporate income tax paid in Maine was $714 per person—this was below the national average of $865 per person by -17 percent and ranked as the 11th lowest in the country.

 

  • Payroll Tax: The federal payroll tax paid in Maine was $2,772 per person—this was below the national average of $2,998 per person by -8 percent and ranked as the 23rd lowest in the country.

 

  • Excise Taxes: Federal excise taxes paid in Maine was $286 per person—this was above the national average of $266 per person by 8 percent and ranked as the 16th highest in the country.

 

  • Estate and Gift Taxes: Federal estate and gift taxes paid in Maine was $22 per person—this was below the national average of $60 per person by -64 percent and ranked as the 8th lowest in the country.

 

  • Custom Duties: Federal custom duties paid in Maine was $93 per person—this was below the national average of $101 per person by -7 percent and ranked as the 21st lowest in the country.

 

  • Miscellaneous Taxes: Federal miscellaneous taxes paid in Maine was $302 per person—this was below the national average of $325 per person by -7 percent and ranked as the 21st  lowest in the country.

 

  • Deficit: The federal deficit, which is deferred taxation, accrued in Maine was $1,462 per person—this was below the national average of $1,944 per person by -25 percent and ranked as the 12th lowest in the country.

 

On the other hand, as shown in Chart 2, Maine received $11,980 per person in federal spending in FY 2013—this was 12 percent above the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 11th highest level in the country.

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Federal Spending by Type in FY 2013:

 

  • Retirement and Disability: Federal retirement and disability payments (for example, Social Security and Medicare) in Maine was $4,198 per person—this exceeded the national average of $3,318 per person by 40 percent and ranked as the 3rd highest in the country (see our unique app showing federal pension data).

 

  • Other Direct Payments: Federal other direct payments (for example, the Earned Income Tax Credit) in Maine was $2,347 per person—this was below the national average of $2,500 by -6 percent and ranked as the 25th highest in the country.

 

  • Grants to State and Local Governments: Federal grants to state and local governments (for example, Medicaid) in Maine was $2,476 per person—this was above the national average of $1,811 by 37 percent and ranked as the 7th highest in the country.

 

  • Procurement: Federal procurement (for example, Department of Defense) in Maine was $1,572 per person—this was above the national average of $1,337 by 18 percent and ranked as the 15th highest in the country.

 

 

  • Interest on National Debt: Federal interest paid on the national debt in Maine was $590 per person—this was below the national average of $699 by -16 percent and ranked as the 16th  lowest in the country.

 

Overall, #Maine receives $1.39 in #federalspending for every $1.00 sent to Washington, D.C. in #federaltaxes. (Click to Tweet) As shown in Chart 3, Maine’s federal tax and spend ratio is the seventh highest in the country.

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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 Maine—though this was based on slightly older FY 2010 data.

 

 

 

The top 14 Maine counties with the highest federal tax and spending ratios include (Maine only has 16 counties):

 

  • Sagadahoc County, ME ($2.69)
  • Washington County, ME ($2.41)
  • Kennebec County, ME ($2.24)
  • Aroostook County, ME ($2.12)
  • Piscataquis County, ME ($1.67)
  • Penobscot County, ME ($1.48)
  • Somerset County, ME ($1.41)
  • Waldo County, ME ($1.29)
  • Hancock County, ME ($1.29)
  • Oxford County, ME ($1.28)
  • Franklin County, ME ($1.21)
  • Knox County, ME ($1.14)
  • Androscoggin County, ME ($1.13)

 

The bottom two Maine counties with the lowest federal tax and spend ratios include: 

 

  • York County, ME ($0.97)
  • Cumberland County, ME ($0.87)

 

More county detail for Maine 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.

 

Click here to view our full federal tax and spending data app with details by state, by county, by type of tax and spending, and over time.

 

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Wendy Warcholik

Dr. Wendy P. Warcholik has worked in public policy for nearly 20 years. She is currently the Director of the Family Prosperity Initiative at the American Conservative Union Foundation. She has also been at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, The Tax Foundation, and The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. She received her PhD in Economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).


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