The federal government pumped in $203.3 million dollars into Texas County in fiscal year 2009, according to a recently released U.S. Census Bureau document.
Federal spending last year was up 16 percent across the country, thanks to funds from the economic stimulus bill, according to a new census report.
The annual report, which has been published since 1983 and lays out where federal dollars go, showed that federal spending increases were not spread evenly. Missouri got 10.5 percent more last year, while other states got less.
At a time when the size of government is a major question in political races, the figures also showed that Missourians get more in federal spending, per capita, than many other Americans.
Federal spending in Missouri was equivalent to $11,347 per person, compared to $10,548 nationally.
In Texas County, the total outlay was broken down this way: retirement and disability benefits, $99.5 million; other direct payments, $42.7 million; grants, $52 million; procurement, $2.75 million; and salaries and wages, almost $6.3 million.
States with the highest per capita federal spending were Alaska ($20,351), Virginia ($19,734) and Hawaii ($19,001). States with the lowest were Nevada ($7,148), Utah ($7,435) and Georgia ($8,538).
Missouri got slightly more than the national average in payments to individuals, such as Social Security, food stamps, unemployment compensation and healthcare for the elderly and disabled. The state also got more than the national average in procurement, or government contracts, most of which involve defense installations.
Other findings, according to the report:
– The federal government spent $85.8 billion on unemployment compensation in 2009, an increase of 114.6 percent from the previous year. In Missouri, unemployment compensation increased more than 56 percent, to nearly $1.2 billion, from 2008 to 2009.
– Total spending for two major welfare programs – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as the food stamp program – increased nationally by 31.7 percent to $68.4 billion. In Missouri, spending on TANF and food stamps, combined, increased 24 percent from 2008 to $1.35 billion.
Certain spending that can’t be apportioned by state, such as interest on the debt and foreign aid, are not included in the report.
In Texas County, the total outlay was broken down this way:retirement and disability benefits, $99.5 million; other directpayments, $42.7 million; grants, $52 million; procurement, $2.75million; and salaries and wages, almost $6.3 million.