What You Pay for Federal Programs

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Most Americans have a very skewed idea of what their federal tax dollars actually pay for, so this infographic from the New York Times breaking down the responsibility for different programs on a per-person basis is very helpful.

All budget reporting – federal, state, and local – should aim to contextualize big numbers and help make them meaningful for people who aren’t political junkies.

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2 Responses to What You Pay for Federal Programs

  1. Rob says:

    They seem to have left out the intelligence budget, probably because it’s not disclosed. But at ~75 billion dollars, it should be a line item about on par with SNAP. Some of that might be within the military budget, but around $10 billion or more is direct to the NSA. These aren’t insignificant items for understanding how federal money is spent.

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