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Growth in federal aid to the states

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:17 PM

John Hood has warned us that most states face budget crises. This is despite or because of? large-scale growth in federal aid to state governments.

The Cato Institute has a new bulletin on this growth. (There's a PDF link here.)

Cato's Chris Edwards says:

By my count, there are now 1,122 aid-to-state programs, or 72 percent more programs than just a decade ago.

For lawmakers looking at places to cut, the $650 billion federal aid empire would be a good place to start.

Edwards has more to say here.

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