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Wisconsin is the Twelfth Biggest Net Loser of Federal Spending in 2013

Apr 25, 2016

 

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, Wisconsin is the twelfth biggest net loser of federal spending relative to federal taxes paid.

 

 

 

As shown in Chart 1, Wisconsin paid $9,993 per person in federal taxes in FY 2013—this was -7 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 24th highest level in the country.

 

 Chart 1 Wisconsin Federal Taxes Per Capita by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Federal Taxes by Type in FY 2013:

 

 

  • Corporate Income Tax: The federal corporate income tax paid in Wisconsin was $819 per person—this was below the national average of $865 per person by -5 percent and ranked as the 27th highest in the country.

 

  • Payroll Tax: The federal payroll tax paid in Wisconsin was $3,140 per person—this was above the national average of $2,998 per person by 5 percent and ranked as the 19th highest in the country.

 

  • Excise Taxes: Federal excise taxes paid in Wisconsin was $276 per person—this was above the national average of $266 per person by 4 percent and ranked as the 26th highest in the country.

 

  • Estate and Gift Taxes: Federal estate and gift taxes paid in Wisconsin was $33 per person—this was below the national average of $60 per person by -45 percent and ranked as the 30th highest in the country.

 

  • Custom Duties: Federal custom duties paid in Wisconsin was $98 per person—this was below the national average of $101 per person by -3 percent and ranked as the 26th highest in the country.

 

  • Miscellaneous Taxes: Federal miscellaneous taxes paid in Wisconsin was $315 per person—this was below the national average of $325 per person by -3 percent and ranked as the 26th highest in the country.

 

  • Deficit: The federal deficit, which is deferred taxation, accrued in Wisconsin was $1,724 per person—this was below the national average of $1,944 per person by -11 percent and ranked as the 25th highest in the country.

 

On the other hand, as shown in Chart 2, Wisconsin received $9,081 per person in federal spending in FY 2013—this was -15 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 7th lowest level in the country.

 

 Chart 2 Wisconsin Federal Spending Per Capita by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Federal Spending by Type in FY 2013:

 

  • Retirement and Disability: Federal retirement and disability payments (for example, Social Security and federal civilian and military retirement) in Wisconsin was $3,375 per person—this was above the national average of $3,318 per person by 2 percent and ranked as the 19th lowest in the country (see our unique app showing federal pension data).

 

  • Other Direct Payments: Federal other direct payments (for example, Medicare and the Earned Income Tax Credit) in Wisconsin was $2,186 per person—this was below the national average of $2,500 by -13 percent and ranked as the 20th lowest in the country.

 

  • Grants to State and Local Governments: Federal grants to state and local governments (for example, Medicaid) in Wisconsin was $1,811 per person—this was above the national average of $1,811 by 0.01 percent and ranked as the 25th lowest in the country.

 

  • Procurement: Federal procurement (for example, Department of Defense) in Wisconsin was $578 per person—this was below the national average of $1,337 by -57 percent and ranked as the 12th lowest in the country.

 

 

  • Interest on National Debt: Federal interest paid on the national debt in Wisconsin was $642 per person—this below the national average of $699 by -8 percent and ranked as the 22nd lowest in the country.

 

Overall, #Wisconsin receives $0.91 in #federalspending for every $1.00 sent to Washington, D.C. in #federaltaxes. (Click to Tweet) As shown in Chart 3, Wisconsin’s federal tax and spend ratio is the twelfth lowest in the country for 2013.

 

 Chart 3 Wisconsin Federal Tax and Spending Ratios by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

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

 

 

The top 10 Wisconsin counties with the highest federal tax and spending ratios include:

 

  • Winnebago County, WI ($4.88)
  • Menominee County, WI ($3.63)
  • Monroe County, WI ($2.23)
  • Forest County, WI ($1.75)
  • Marinette County, WI ($1.73)
  • Washburn County, WI ($1.72)
  • Ashland County, WI ($1.69)
  • Rusk County, WI ($1.67)
  • Iron County, WI ($1.56)
  • Sawyer County, WI ($1.52)

 

The bottom 10 Wisconsin counties with the lowest federal tax and spend ratios include: 

 

  • Ozaukee County, WI ($0.39)
  • Calumet County, WI ($0.39)
  • St. Croix County, WI ($0.41)
  • Waukesha County, WI ($0.45)
  • Washington County, WI ($0.46)
  • Outagamie County, WI ($0.58)
  • Dodge County, WI ($0.61)
  • Brown County, WI ($0.64)
  • Walworth County, WI ($0.68)
  • Eau Claire County, WI ($0.69)

 

More county detail for Wisconsin 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.

 

 Wisconsin Federal Tax and Spending Ratios by County FY 2010.jpg

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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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