New York Governor Cuomo did not let Senator Mitch McConnell get away with inferring the Federal Government was bailing out New York. He made it clear New York put billions more into the Federal Government than it takes out and that Kentucky is a welfare state that takes out a lot more than it puts in, the third-largest taker.
Governor Cuomo lays into Mitch McConnell
The Washington Post lays it out well.
Mitch McConnell, the most powerful man in the U.S. Senate, is kindly suggesting New York and other places throttled by the coronavirus and associated economic shutdowns swallow the fiscal cyanide of bankruptcy rather than get federal aid, what his staff calls a “Blue State Bailout.”
No, the feds shouldn’t prop up rickety pension systems and otherwise unsustainable state spending habits. But the New York’s nightmare — which, ahem, annually sends $30 billion-plus more to Washington than it gets back — has almost nothing to do with that, almost everything to do with the spread of COVID-19. ...
We speak of Kentucky, where in a recent fiscal year, 39.5% of the state’s overall budget came from Washington, making it the fourth most DC-dependent state in the nation. By another measure, Kentucky is the nation’s second most federally dependent state.
Kentucky, which, despite having 3.8 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents, collected $1.7 billion from D.C. in the massive new virus-focused stimulus, which works out to $377 per resident. New York, with a per capita death rate 20 times that, got roughly the same amount per resident.
Kentucky, where the unemployed are getting help, thanks to an additional $600 in weekly help the feds are delivering, that adds up to much more than their average wages, as opposed to New York, where it’s far less.
Kentucky, which has pocketed loads of federal transportation aid, a fact that of course has nothing to do with the fact that McConnell’s wife runs the federal Department of Transportation. ...
He may want states to restructure their finances rather than take any more federal cash, but he’s the one who’s morally bankrupt.
A few years ago we wrote this in a blog post titled "Red States Mostly Welfare States Dependent On Blue States But Likely Too Uninformed to Know"
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