The non-profit investigative site Pro Publica has been poring over stimulus-related contracts, and finds out Minnesota ranks 11th per-capita among the 50 states and D.C. We’ve received $2.87 billion of the $121.2 billion spent through July 20.
The Gopher State is punching above its weight; we rank 21st in population. The extra stimulus money is also a reversal of our usual federal fortune: We ranked 46th in per capita federal spending in 2008.
On a per-person basis, the county differences are dramatic: the most dough has been spent in Big Stone County ($1,005), the least in Scott County ($21). Hennepin County has received $232 per person; Ramsey $149.
By far the most money came from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department ($916 million) and the Education Department ($863 million).