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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