Little-Noticed Federal Funding

There's an interesting USA Today article out from the weekend that shows that federal funding to state and local governments has increased 31 percent since 2000, after adjusting for inflation, for a whopping tootal of $440 billion this year.  Some of it's due to state and local lobbying, including by Illinois.

Put in terms of education spending, which is the second-biggest source of federal aid, that translates into $675 more per kid over 5 years, according to the piece.  "Federal spending has played an important role in letting states, cities and
school districts increase spending about $675 per capita since 2000 without
raising taxes to match."

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