Earlier this week, NPP released a short publication about the role of federal money in Iowa and New Hampshire: Federal Money Keeps Iowa, New Hampshire Afloat. Sam and Mattea, the authors, conclude that in 2010 Iowa residents collected more in federal benefits than they paid in taxes.
Sam and Mattea used three datasets from the Federal Priorities Database to reach this conclusion:
- Federal Aid to Individuals: total amount of money paid by the U.S. government directly to or on behalf of individuals
- Federal Tax Collection (Individual): federal taxes paid by individuals
- Population: used to calculate per-person amounts
So if you don’t live in Iowa or New Hampshire but want to know how your federal taxes compare to your federal benefits, you can get everything you need from our database.
The piece is a great example of what’s in store for 2012. As we more closely integrate the Federal Priorities Database with NPP’s research team, those crazy researchers provide valuable feedback, resulting in a better tool.
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