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Idaho Is More Dependent On Federal Government Than Most States

U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC
Emilie Ritter Saunders
Boise State Public Radio

Idaho ranks in the top half of states with the highest dependence on federal dollars, according to a new study.

The Idaho Statesman reports the Gem State outranks every neighboring state in dependence except for Wyoming, which comes in at a national ranking of 43rd to Idaho's 31st.

In personal finance website WalletHub's study, released last week, a higher ranking meaning more dependency.

That means only 20 states depend more on money from the government than Idaho.

Although federal money makes up more than 35 percent of Idaho's total revenue, Idahoans aren't forking over the most in taxes.

The state gets back $1.40 for every dollar its residents pay in federal taxes.

Delaware was ranked as the least-dependent state, while Mississippi and New Mexico tied for the most-dependent spot.