If Kansas is lagging its neighboring states in some unflattering ways, such as in job growth, it can take pride in bringing up the rear in the region in the federal aid received as a percentage of state general revenue. Using 2012 data, the Tax Foundation last week ranked Kansas 43rd among states in how much it relies on federal aid, with its 27 percent making it look less needy than No. 5 Missouri (41 percent), No. 14 Oklahoma (36 percent), No. 21 Nebraska (35 percent) and No. 37 Colorado (29 percent). Alaska’s 20 percent landed it at the bottom, while Mississippi’s 46 percent topped the list.
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