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Today’s number: 26.8 percent

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

* From Lauren Dickinson at The Pew Charitable Trusts…

Hi, Rich-

Today, The Pew Charitable Trusts released new research on trends in federal grants to states. Among the key findings, the analyses (here and here) show:

    · The share of states’ revenue from federal dollars rose only slightly from 2013-14, even with a jump in federal health grants from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
    · Federal grants as a percentage of state revenue remain above historical averages, providing nearly $1 out of every $3 in state revenue in 2014.
    · States’ reliance on federal grants varies widely: At nearly 41 percent, Mississippi had the largest share of revenue from federal grants, while North Dakota had the smallest at 17 percent.

Pew experts are available to discuss this research. Also, state-specific data are available on the percentage of state revenue from federal funds in state fiscal year 2014.

Please contact me if you would like state-specific data, to schedule an interview, or if you have any questions.



* So I asked for details on Illinois…

Hi, Rich—
For Illinois, 26.8% of state revenue came from federal funds in state fiscal year 2014.

The national average is 31 percent. More details are here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Chairman McBroom - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:06 pm:

    Where’s career politician Dick Durbin when we need him?

  2. - DuPage - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:25 pm:

    As usual, we are way down the list. Some of Rauner’s cuts involved matching federal funds. That results in reverse leveraging, costing the state more federal funds lost then what is “saved” in state funds. Those federal dollars are then not spent in Illinois, slowing down our economy. Meanwhile, service providers are not paid and many are closing down. What is Rauner trying to do?

  3. - AC - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:30 pm:

    A state like Illinois that doesn’t take full advantage of federal match money seems like it should receive less federal money than the average state. As an Illinoisan, I’m disappointed that we aren’t receiving all the federal money we could, because it would benefit our economy and the people who live here, but it certainly makes sense.

  4. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:35 pm:

    Rich, are we not receiving as much money from the Feds as other states because IL is not funding its share of the grant?

  5. - Ron - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:41 pm:

    Illinois has been a net donor state for a long time. Thanks to our awful federal reps.

  6. - illini - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:41 pm:

    Please Chairman McBroom - This is not in any way the fault of Sen. Durbin. Look at BVR and ask him why Illinois is not receiving a greater amount of Federal grants.

    Oh, sorry, I forgot — Because….Madigan!

  7. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:43 pm:

    Reading is fundamental. The 26.8 percent figure was for “State Fiscal Year 2014,” which ended about 6 and 1/2 months before Rauner was sworn in as Governor.

  8. - illinois manufacturer - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:47 pm:

    I bet it out bad Medicaid percentage. Why do we get 50 and Texas 60?

  9. - AC - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 5:08 pm:

    ==The 26.8 percent figure was for “State Fiscal Year 2014,” which ended about 6 and 1/2 months before Rauner was sworn in as Governor.==

    Almost seems like cuts to state spending were so severe under the prior administration that they impacted federal funding, doesn’t it?

  10. - illini - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 6:46 pm:

    Arthur Anderson - great point which I admit I missed. Yet I stand by my comments to the Chairmans blaming Sen Durbin.

  11. - LTSW - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 6:55 pm:

    The Medicaid match rate is based on a state’s per capita income average over three years. Illinois has a higher per capita income than Texas. Illinois always comes in right about average for all states (25th) in most of these studies.

  12. - Federalist - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 8:27 pm:

    A race for more federal dollars? While I agree in theory that it is not good for Illinois to be left behind other states the whole concept is rather disturbing.

    Federal dollars are tax dollars- overwhelmingly personal federal taxes of which 10% of the population pays about 67% of the bill. A matter that is seemingly often overlooked.

  13. - NorthsideNoMore - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 9:13 pm:

    Bring back Rosty…. He knew how to bring home the bacon.

  14. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 9:21 am:

    I would love to see how the trajectory of the federal money to Illinois is moving over the past few decades

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

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