Website calls Maine one of the most government-dependent states

A study from WalletHub, a website that offers credit reports, released a study today that revealed the degree of government-dependence in every state.

According to a press release from March 21, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across three key metrics: return on taxes paid to the federal government, federal funding as a share of state revenue, and share of federal jobs.

Their results are shown in this map: Source: WalletHub

The study found that Kentucky is the most federally dependent state in the country, while Delaware is the least. Maine comes in at 9th, making it the most dependent state in New England.

WalletHub says that Maine’s residents are the 13th most dependent on the government and the state government is the 9th most dependent. Those two rankings are aggregations of three rankings.

  • 11th – Return on Taxes Paid to the Federal Government
  • 9th – Federal Funding as a Share of State Revenue
  • 13th – Share of Federal Jobs

WalletHub also found that blue states are less dependent on the government than red states, based on the results of the 2016 Presidential Elections.

For a further look at methodology and some analysis, take a look at WalletHub’s post.