California–‘The Sanctuary State’
55 California Electoral Votes went to Hillary Clinton in 2016 Presidential Election
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 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.
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
|District of Columbia||$23,698,763,940||89,467|
|No State Code||$8,407,524,618||157,077|
|Virgin Islands of the U.S.||$440,888,512||1,570|
|Northern Mariana Islands||$135,349,537||696|
|Federated States of Micronesia||$23,435,662||67|