California receives more federal money than other states each year

California, the Sanctuary State (NL)

California–‘The Sanctuary State’

55 California Electoral Votes went to Hillary Clinton in 2016 Presidential Election


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California receives more federal contract, grant, loan, and other financial assistance awards than any state, territory, or foreign entity from the United States.

In 2017, so far, California has been given almost $242 billion dollars. But the year is not over. Last year, according to California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the federal government spent $367.8 billion a year, or $9,500 per person in the state. In comparison, states like Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Iowa spend closer to $8,000 of federal money per person.

The analysis revealed that about 56 percent of the federal monies provided to California goes to health or retirement benefits — Social Security, Medicare and money for low-income residents’ health care.  Total federal spending on California public universities is $4.8 billion annually according to the report.

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California provides state tuition, driver’s licenses (806,000 in 2016), limited deportations and state-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants. Governor Jerry Brown has gone so far as to appoint a number of non-citizens in the country legally to state agencies and departments. Illegal immigrants cost California at least $30.29 billion a year in net costs—$7,352 per immigrant. About $2.28 billion of Medicaid payments are for illegal immigrants, with another $1.3 billion spent for their free emergency care services.


For years California politicians have claimed the state receives less money than they put into the federal government coffers, using data and studies from as far back as 2005 to justify the assertion. But the 2017 LAO report revealed the numbers were flawed because it “inflates the estimated amount Californians pay in taxes.” Recently they tried to use 2013-2014 data to show each person received $9,172, but LAO shows it is currently $9,500.

President Donald Trump poses for a photo with students of Saint Andrew Catholic School on Friday, March 3, 2017, during a tour of the school in Orlando, Florida. Also shown is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

There has been considerable speculation from California Democrats and liberal media that President Donald Trump’s White House could be a threat to the amount of funds they receive.  California has been steadfast against Trump’s stance to defund sanctuary cities designed to arrest and deport serious immigrant criminals.  The San Francisco murder of Kathryn Steinle in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported several times added fuel to the fire nationally. California’s practice has been to limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with U.S. immigration officials.

“I don’t want to defund anybody,” Trump told Fox News in February. “I want to give them the money they need to properly operate as a city or state. If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that.”

In 2016, California had 55 electoral votes, which was 10.2 percent of the 538 electoral votes up for grabs and 20.4 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the general election. All 55 votes went against Donald Trump. 

When protesters, dressed in black and hooded sweatshirts threw flares, smoke bombs at University of California at Berkeley because Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the student union building in February, the Trump questioned the public university’s federal funding. Some observers questioned if the fires they set could backlash against them—representing government money going up in smoke because of their extreme liberalism and violence.

During the last year of the Obama presidency, California’s total government spending increased 6.2 percent, or about $15.6 billion. State income tax revenue represented 58.4 percent of their budget income. Medicaid accounted for 33.5 percent of their total spending, with education expenditures coming in at 28.3 percent.

Since 2012, California’s spending for Public Assistance, Medicaid and Higher Education has continued to increase in percentages of the state’s total budget. Public Assistance went from 3.8% to 4.1%. Medicaid increased from 21.6% to 33.6%, and Higher Education is at 7.3% up from 6.6% in 2013.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, California had a debt of $151,715,007,000 in fiscal year 2015. The state debt per capita was $3,891. This ranked California first in states for debt.

Federal money distribution by state and territory

The table below show rankings of federal contract, grant, loan, and other financial assistance awards by state, territory, or foreign entity from the United States for 2017 (USAspending.Gov).

State                                  Annual amount                        # of $ awards given 

California $241,986,235,432 388,174
Pennsylvania $153,580,667,592 414,231
Texas $139,377,470,085 315,027
New York $136,684,169,827 208,607
Florida $135,199,796,120 208,636
Indiana $97,771,530,222 106,671
Minnesota $69,053,390,176 101,320
Kentucky $68,286,897,598 80,650
Virginia $67,370,884,116 335,329
Ohio $65,668,787,253 142,781
Wisconsin $65,656,172,718 93,382
Illinois $62,920,700,979 456,538
Michigan $61,490,593,544 140,016
Tennessee $61,256,982,959 94,236
South Carolina $60,366,479,465 65,840
Arizona $56,905,874,777 73,793
North Carolina $51,864,802,157 163,734
Connecticut $50,003,323,238 46,149
New Jersey $49,741,152,741 232,329
Alabama $49,449,892,529 98,659
North Dakota $49,296,728,828 33,364
Georgia $49,202,115,559 148,108
Massachusetts $48,444,815,061 88,793
Maryland $48,262,102,850 131,668
Washington $45,037,484,210 107,131
Missouri $39,987,221,974 126,201
International $35,773,351,389 166,735
Louisiana $32,659,966,373 88,074
Colorado $31,122,872,742 82,705
Oregon $27,009,270,842 52,551
District of Columbia $23,698,763,940 89,467
Oklahoma $21,302,392,235 74,314
Mississippi $20,567,760,222 63,214
New Mexico $19,750,766,489 37,216
Arkansas $18,870,615,769 68,874
Iowa $17,633,351,736 83,779
Puerto Rico $16,283,946,453 38,138
Nevada $14,078,365,808 23,393
Kansas $13,242,093,426 82,108
West Virginia $13,194,962,481 39,002
Utah $11,722,652,217 36,786
Nebraska $10,779,065,214 58,750
Idaho $9,680,978,648 34,810
Maine $8,754,088,113 21,690
No State Code $8,407,524,618 157,077
Hawaii $8,025,233,863 20,090
New Hampshire $7,975,258,676 17,407
Rhode Island $7,005,232,407 13,741
Montana $6,731,457,854 43,819
Alaska $6,480,323,738 21,532
Delaware $5,312,742,287 12,450
South Dakota $4,904,446,370 41,126
Vermont $4,102,723,345 14,121
Wyoming $2,955,136,282 15,426
Guam $709,820,254 5,736
Virgin Islands of the U.S. $440,888,512 1,570
American Samoa $181,772,076 746
Northern Mariana Islands $135,349,537 696
Federated States of Micronesia $23,435,662 67
Palau $2,691,747 62
Marshall Islands $1,646,904 21

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