Back in 2019, still in the Trump storm, we reported on how New York State – and others, like California – get screwed in Washington. Wealth piled up in populous states – where a lot of people actually chose to live – is taxed and, then, dispensed like candy to empty states where the political balance makes a joke of democracy. A new report in The Center Square shows that Congress continues to fail us.
What the US Military Spends in New York
- Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square
- Jul 5, 2022
- Republished: The Roosevelt Island Daily News
The U.S. military budget is the largest in the world, and by a wide margin. The Biden administration recently submitted a defense budget of $773 billion for fiscal 2023 – which is more than the combined budgets of the next 10 highest-spending countries combined.
While the size of the defense budget, and exactly how and where all that money should be spent, will be an enduring source of political controversy, the defense spending is a boon for local economies across the United States.
According to a recent report, the Department of Defense spent $593.9 billion on contracting and personnel in the 50 states and D.C. in fiscal 2020. This money went to defense contractors that manufacture aircraft, ships, and weapons, in addition to service providers, research and development, as well as wages for active-duty service members, civilians, and reservists.
This spending, of course, is not spread evenly, and states that are home to large military bases and contractor operations receive more funds than states where the military and defense industry have a smaller footprint.
The DoD spent a reported $12.8 billion in New York in fiscal 2020, or about 2.2% of its total domestic spending, the 15th highest share among the 50 states. Of that money, payroll accounted for about 22% while about 78% went to contractors.
The overall economic impact of defense spending in the state is lower than average, as annual military spending is equal to about 0.7% of New York’s overall GDP, compared to the 2.8% national average. On a per capita basis, defense spending in New York is equal to about $662 per person, the ninth least among states.
All data in this story is from the Department of Defense report Defense Spending By State Fiscal Year 2020.
|Rank||State||Total defense spending, FY 2020 ($B)||Defense spending as a share of GDP (%)||Defense spending per capita ($)|
|23||District of Columbia||7.6||5.2||10,690|
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