Media Coverage Alabama Federally Dependent? State Gets 32 Cents for Every GDP Dollar

Alabama voters don't always support the actions of the U.S. federal government. But the federal government certainly does its part to support Alabama.

Alabama residents received more than $55 billion in federal transfers in the year 2010—an amount equal to roughly 32.6 percent of the state's overall economic output in that year (roughly $170 billion), according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Pew's study is not saying that a third of Alabama's output is paid for by the government. Rather, the survey compares the relative size of all transfers from the feds to Alabama to the state's overall output.

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