Eleven states have more dependents than taxpayers

Eleven states, including California, have more residents who draw money from the government—as employees, pensioners, or welfare recipients—than people employed in the private sector. This means that roughly one-third of Americans live in states where more people receive tax dollars than pay taxes on non-government income.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • kevindf

    Most people in ND collect a government check or subsidy of some sort.

    • Lianne

      Speak for yourself. We get neither and I am sure we are not alone. However, after this past election, I have been trying hard to figure out how to some of that free stuff everyone else gets.

      • kevindf

        Good luck; I have been trying to do that for twenty years, but my name doesn’t match any of those on all the government building directories.(:^(

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      To be fair, subsidies have so distorted some industries that the choice is either play ball with the government like your competitors or go out of business.