Republican-leaning states tend to be more reliant on federal funding, according to a recent study from WalletHub.
The analysis looked at the return on taxes paid to the federal government, the share of federal jobs, and federal funding as a share of state revenue, and weighed the federal aid dependence of each state’s government and their residents separately.
“Overall, blue states are less dependent on the federal government than red states,” WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzales told Yahoo Finance. “States with high taxes and GDP have a lower dependency on the federal government, while states with low taxes and GDP depend more on federal aid.”
Alaska was ranked first overall as being the most federally-dependent state while Delaware was the least dependent and also first in the lowest amount of other financial assistance received.