Sept. 15, 2011
Not so much.
This article from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is an eye opener.
[In 2009] “Federal aid into Oklahoma grew twice as fast as the national average”
OCPA’s research shows that far from being “free money” this federal influx causes an increase in our tax burden. (It also adds to our regulatory burden and liberates us from the burden of state and local control)
By J. Scott Moody and Wendy P. Warcholik · Tue, Sep 06, 2011
The data used in this analysis are from a report called “Federal Aid to the States” published by the U.S. Census Bureau.1 Chart 1 shows the inflation-adjusted (real) per capita federal aid flowing into Oklahoma between Fiscal Year (FY) 1995 (the earliest year of available data) and FY 2009 (the latest year of available data). Federal aid into Oklahoma grew twice as fast as the national average (87 percent versus 39 percent, respectively). As a result, Oklahoma went from being below the national average to above it in FY 2009.