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January 3, 2012
7:30 AM

CONTACT: National Priorities Project

Mattea Kramer, Senior Research Analyst

Federal Money Keeps Iowa, New Hampshire Afloat

National Priorities Project examines federal money in state budgets, and direct federal support to individuals.

WASHINGTON - January 3 - This month the first voters head to the polls to decide who will be the Republican nominee for president. The presidential election is about voters' vision for how the federal government should serve the American people, so NPP took a look at the extent to which residents of the first primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire, receive federal support.

Click here to view the entire publication: Federal Money Keeps Iowa, New Hampshire Afloat

Federal money comprises a sizable chunk of Iowa and New Hampshire state budgets. In addition, individuals in both of those states-like Americans across the country-receive thousands of dollars of direct federal assistance.


  • Thirty-three percent ($5.4 billion) of state revenue came from federal sources in fiscal 2009, the most recent year for which comprehensive data are available.
  • On average in 2010, Iowans received $5,400 from all federal programs-that's everything from the Medicare prescription drug benefit to Pell grants. See federal assistance to individuals on the state and county level here.
  • Iowans paid on average $5,175 in federal taxes in 2010. See gross federal tax collections by state here.

New Hampshire

  • Federal money also accounted for 30 cents of every dollar of New Hampshire state revenue in fiscal 2009, for a total of $1.7 billion in federal aid to the state.
  • New Hampshire residents on average received $4,850 in direct assistance from federal programs in 2010.
  • New Hampshire residents paid on average $6,239 in federal taxes in 2010.

View the publication here.

The National Priorities Project (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) research organization that analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent.  Located in Northampton, MA, since 1983, NPP focuses on the impact of federal spending and other policies at the national, state, congressional district and local levels.  For more information, go to


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