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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014, 3:34 P.M.

Idaho Depends On Federal Gummint

The study, released last week by the personal finance website WalletHub, ranked Idaho 29th in the nation for the percentage of federal dollars it gets versus the taxes it pays. Overall, the study ranked Idaho 31st among states for its dependence on the federal government - with a higher ranking meaning more dependency. That put 19 other states more dependent on federal dollars than Idaho. Several factors went into the WalletHub ranking. With 35.16 percent of state revenue coming from the federal government, Idaho is 33rd among all the states, WalletHub reported. Idaho ranks 25th for the number of federal workers per capita. New Mexico and Mississippi tied for the most-dependent state, followed by Alabama, Louisiana, Montana and Maine/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How can federal government-hating Idaho be so dependent on the federal government?

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