STATES JOIN THE CORPORATE WELFARE SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY

Just in case you wondered why your local public schools and universities were having problems getting funded, it’s not all their fault.  Nor is it the highway departments’ fault your state roads and bridges are not getting fixed and are becoming dangerous.

And if your state has been having budget problems, there’s one primary reason: under both Democrats and Republicans, states have mirrored the federal government in handouts to profitable corporations to the tune of over $180 billion.

Taxpayer money that used to go to fund public schools, public libraries, public services, Meals-on-Wheels for seniors, and many other taxpayer-funded services, now go to profitable companies to help pad their profits.

When Republicans and Democrats talk about privatizing government functions, you can always count on this happening: you will get less and pay more.  And someone who is rich will get richer.

 

Here is a list of the subsidies and awards listed by state:

SUBSIDIES & AWARDS FROM STATES TO CORPORATIONSSUBSIDY AMOUNTSOURCE: GOOD JOBS FIRST SUBSIDY TRACKER
AK$676,803,280$676 million
AL$3,413,018,766$3.41 billion
AR$682,215,269$682 million
AZ$435,037,197$435 million
CA$2,670,247,463$2.67 billion
CO$773,824,248$773 million
CT$4,246,915,669$4.24 billion
DC$336,094,328$336 million
DE$324,280,692$324 million
FL$3,450,556,194$3.45 billion
GA$1,522,717,351$1.52 billion
HI$515,430$515 thousand
IA$2,908,329,068$2.90 billion
ID$310,702,207$310 million
IL$4,875,121,771$4.87 billion
IN$5,505,983,189$5.5 billion
KS$793,317,346$793 million
KY$7,725,418,949$7.72 billion
LA$16,659,935,692$16.65 billion
MA$1,121,502,357$1.12 billion
MD$1,020,557,805$1.02 billion
ME$681,443,625$681 million
MI$14,199,793,452$14.19 billion
MN$2,421,601,745$2.42 billion
MO$5,505,983,189$5.50 billion
MS$3,804,387,807$3.8 billion
MT$48,810,402$48 million
NC$4,494,206,385$4.49 billion
ND$110,524,376$110 million
NE$443,936,362$443 million
NH$8,382,095$8 million
NJ$8,900,756,858$8.9 billion
NM$4,067,819,794$4.06 billlion
NV$3,174,859,740$3.17 billion
NY$23,974,689,789$23.97 billion
OH$4,637,654,611$4.63 billion
OK$1,667,965,854$1.66 billion
OR$6,653,054,666$6.65 billion
PA$5,011,816,496$5.01 billion
RI$462,565,091$462 million
SC$2,533,880,431$2.52 billion
SD$123,437,018$123 million
TN$3,804,492,345$3.80 billion
TX$6,653,709,245$6.65 billion
UT$1,000,738,632$1 billion
VA$565,547,785$565 million
VT$336,895,134$336 million
WA$13,378,264,962$13.37 billion
WI$1,832,327,312$1.83 billion
WV$426,777,726$426 million
WY$1,226,569$1 million
TOTAL SUBSIDIES FROM STATES TO CORPORATIONS$180,380,643,767$180.38 billion

 

Good Jobs First Subsidy Tracker, which provides the data, also shows which profitable companies get your tax dollars simply by clicking on the state.

 

Walmart gets a lot of public money to help keep the Waltons from going hungry and so they don’t have to shop at Dollar General or Goodwill.

 

Think about that as you go to vote in November.

 


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