By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
Call it the Give-Me State.
Missouri is among the states most reliant on the federal government for its general operating revenue, according to information from the Tax Foundation.
That Washington, D.C.-based pro-business think tank listed Missouri as fifth in the nation for the percentage of its general revenue that comes from federal aid at 44.4 percent, using figures from the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2011 fiscal year.
The Tax Foundation took each state’s intergovernmental revenue and divided that by its general revenue to determine how much federal money makes up a state’s fiscal balance.
Mississippi led the nation in federal dependency, with 49 percent of its total general revenue coming from Washington. The only other states more reliant on outside money than Missouri were Louisiana, Arizona and South Dakota. Alaska was the least dependent, with 24 percent of its revenue coming from the feds.