A report in The Economist shows that Minnesota is one of the big net losers when it comes to federal taxes paid versus federal spending in the state.
Looking at the years 1990-2009, relative to size, only Delaware has a higher percentage of federal taxes vs. federal spending, compared with its GDP, the report says.
During that 20-year period, Minnesota sent $1.016 trillion to Washington in taxes, while federal spending here was $503 billion. The difference is 199 percent of the state’s GDP. Delaware’s number was 206 percent.
Twenty states were net losers; the other 30 states, and Puerto Rico, were net winners. Puerto Rico had the largest disparity, with a difference of 291 percent of its GDP. New Mexico was second, at 261 percent.