A consumer research group says Illinois is less reliant on federal tax dollars than most other states, and an Illinois congressman says Illinois taxpayers are getting cheated.
Consumer research group WalletHub says Illinois ranks 45th among all the states when it comes to federal funds going back to states, something spokeswoman Jill Gonzales says means the Land of Lincoln is less reliant on federal dollars.
“One would be the most dependent, 50th the least dependent, so Illinois is pretty independent on it’s own,” Gonzales said.
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However, Bill Foster, Democratic U.S. representative for the 11th District, said Illinois taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth when it comes to federal funding for things like education, infrastructure and social services.
“This forces us to eventually increase state taxes, which causes industrial flight,” Foster said.
Gonzales said the amount of a state’s gross domestic product plays a role.
“A low dependency on the federal government usually means a high GDP, and Illinois is definitely up there,” Gonzales said.
However, Foster said the reason Illinois gets fewer tax dollars from the federal government is because it’s among the larger states, which typically get less.
“The federal government should not be in the business of massive redistribution of wealth between the states,” Foster said.
Foster said one major problem is the lack of federal reimbursement for natural disasters to a state like Illinois, which saw flooding in the southern part of the state at the end of last year but no federal funds were awarded for cleanup efforts.