Though many Kansans like to complain about federal spending, they may not realize, or won’t admit, how dependent our state is on that spending. A Kansas City Star investigation published in the Sunday Eagle highlighted Sumner County, just south of Wichita. It noted how the direct federal benefits that the county’s 24,000 residents received in 2010 were 40 to 50 percent more, on average, than what they paid in federal taxes. Sedgwick County actually topped the state in receiving the most federal spending – $4.6 billion in 2010. Statewide, Kansas receives about $1.12 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid.
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