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As the U.S. debt clock nears $16.5 trillion, shortfalls and deficits are the talk of the 2013 fiscal year. Not only does the deficit affect the federal government, but it affects state governments as well. It is well understood that the federal government must make spending cuts-these cuts will most likely drastically change the amount of federal dollars that are allocated to the states. Unfortunately for most states, dependence on federal funding has continually risen since 2008. In 2011, 42 states received more than 1/3 of their general funds from the federal government. Mississippi received nearly half (49.01%) of their general revenue from the federal government, the highest percentage in the nation. Louisiana received the second highest percentage, relying on the government for 46.52% of general revenue. Alaska, the state receiving the lowest percentage of funding from the federal government, still relies on federal funds for 24.01% of funding for state programs. Comparatively, in 2008, Mississippi received 46.76%, Louisiana received 46.22%, and Alaska received just 13.53%. See data below. Despite heavy reliance on federal funding, and the increasing likelihood that the funding will disappear, most states seem unprepared for the possibility of drastic cuts. States should respond to the risk of a significant reduction in federal funds by setting aside funds and reviewing spending. The chart below represents how much of the state's budget comes from the federal government. The number is the corresponding ranking in relation to the rest of the nation (if #1, the state receives the highest percentage of federal funding in the nation). Figures are calculated by dividing each state's intergovernmental revenue into its general revenue. Data is available at in U.S. Census.

STATE

2008

2009

2010

2011

Alabama

33.06% (#12)

36.61% (#12)

40.38% (#13)

38.16% (#20)

Alaska

13.53% (#50)

20.73% (#50)

26.81% (#49)

24.01% (#50)

Arizona

33.49% (#10)

40.71% (#3)

47.79% (#3)

45.7% (#3)

Arkansas

30.7% (#22)

32.53% (#28)

36.22% (#26)

36.17% (#27)

California

26.99% (#33)

32.49% (#29)

34.48% (#33)

32.38% (#37)

Colorado

25.29% (#40)

28.89% (#40)

32.41% (#40)

32.05% (#38)

Connecticut

20.28% (#48)

26.17% (#45)

28.38% (#46)

27.91% (#45)

Delaware

20.37% (#47)

23.53% (#48)

28.15% (#47)

25.87% (#43)

Florida

27.81% (#30)

31.59% (#52)

35.61% (#31)

36.93% (#23)

Georgia

35.69% (#5)

37.33% (#9)

44.4% (#8)

41.07% (#9)

Hawaii

22.49% (#44)

24.28% (#47)

26.92% (#48)

28.6% (#44)

Idaho

30.05% (#25)

34.02% (#23)

39.73% (#17)

38.19% (#19)

Illinois

27.62% (#31)

32.35% (#30)

36.03% (#28)

33.65% (#34)

Indiana

28.54% (#29)

31.46% (#33)

34.89% (#32)

34.53% (#30)

Iowa

30.84% (#21)

34.9% (#20)

39.4% (#18)

38.92% (#16)

Kansas

25.88% (#38)

28.1% (#41)

32.52% (#39)

32.9% (#35)

Kentucky

31.82% (#17)

34.87% (#21)

40% (#15)

38.29% (#17)

Louisiana

46.22% (#2)

44.59% (#2)

48.3% (#2)

46.52% (#2)

Maine

32.4% (#14)

39.3% (#6)

40.19% (#14)

39.29% (#13)

Maryland

26.08% (#37)

29.57% (#38)

33.77% (#34)

34.35% (#32)

Massachusetts

23.39% (43)

29.18% (#39)

31.54% (#43)

31.49% (#40)

Michigan

27.09% (#32)

32.86% (#27)

36.78% (#24)

36.39% (#25)

Minnesota

24.44% (#42)

27.56% (#42)

31.89% (#42)

29.35% (#42)

Mississippi

46.76% (#1)

48.75% (#1)

50.69% (#1)

49.01% (#1)

Missouri

35.35% (#6)

39.35% (#5)

45.19% (#4)

44.36% (#5)

Montana

34.95% (#7)

36.71% (#11)

41.68% (#10)

41.86% (#8)

Nebraska

30.64% (#23)

32.96% (#26)

36.48% (#25)

36.23% (#26)

Nevada

19.69% (#49)

26.61% (#44)

29.35% (#45)

27.07% (#46)

New Hampshire

32.07% (#15)

34.12% (#22)

37.28% (#22)

34.52% (#31)

New Jersey

21.82% (#45)

25.26% (#46)

30.23% (#44)

28.63% (#43)

New Mexico

32.54% (#13)

37.63% (#8)

44.86% (#6)

42.57% (#7)

New York

34.23% (#8)

36.37% (#13)

39.75% (#16)

40.45% (#10)

North Carolina

29.92% (#26)

34.9% (#19)

35.63% (#30)

35.00% (#29)

North Dakota

26.49% (#35)

27.47% (#43)

32.16% (#41)

25.99% (#48)

Ohio

31.22% (#19)

35.18% (#16)

38.85% (#19)

38.93% (#15)

Oklahoma

32% (#16)

35.05% (#18)

41.09% (#12)

39.00% (#14)

Oregon

28.68% (#28)

33.05% (#25)

36.09% (#27)

36.55% (#24)

Pennsylvania

26.59% (#34)

30.15% (#35)

33.4% (#36)

34.31% (#33)

Rhode Island

31.59% (#18)

35.66% (#15)

37.94% (#20)

38.26% (#18)

South Carolina

31.03% (#20)

35.06% (#17)

36.87% (#23)

38.13% (#21)

South Dakota

36.67% (#4)

39.85% (#4)

44.95% (#5)

45.56% (#4)

Tennessee

33.09% (#11)

35.96% (#14)

44.56% (#7)

44.03% (#6)

Texas

33.94% (#9)

36.9% (#10)

41.48% (#11)

39.98% (#11)

Utah

26.33% (#36)

30.02% (#36)

33.06% (#38)

31.55% (#39)

Vermont

29.24% (#27)

31.61% (#31)

35.73% (#29)

36.17% (#28)

Virginia

20.5% (#46)

22.9% (#49)

26.35% (#50)

26.82% (#47)

Washington

25.72% (#39)

30.22% (#34)

33.15% (#37)

31.27% (#41)

West Virginia

30.41% (#24)

33.97% (#24)

37.9% (#21)

37.55% (#22)

Wisconsin

25.22% (#41)

29.83% (#37)

33.72% (#35)

32.79% (#36)

Wyoming

38.48% (#3)

38.6% (#7)

43.65% (#9)

39.64% (#12)

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