Noisy Silence While New York Still Gets the Shaft in D.C.

Noisy Silence While New York Still Gets the Shaft in D.C.

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

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.

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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.

RankStateTotal defense spending, FY 2020 ($B)Defense spending as a share of GDP (%)Defense spending per capita ($)
1Texas834.62,828
2Virginia64.311.37,481
3California611.91,550
4Maryland30.475,023
5Florida29.12.61,338
6Connecticut23.68.26,646
7Arizona20.25.32,723
8Massachusetts18.63.12,700
9Pennsylvania17.82.21,391
10Georgia15.82.51,472
11Missouri154.52,437
12Alabama14.86.43,011
13Washington14.62.31,900
14North Carolina14.42.41,354
15New York12.80.7662
16Kentucky12.65.82,804
17Colorado11.62.91,992
17Ohio11.61.7992
19Illinois9.31.1742
20New Jersey8.41.3948
21Hawaii7.78.55,506
21Mississippi7.76.52,607
23District of Columbia7.65.210,690
24Michigan6.81.3685
25Oklahoma6.63.51,664
26South Carolina6.12.51,177
27Wisconsin5.51.6942
28Indiana5.41.4802
28Utah5.42.61,653
30Louisiana4.31.7927
31New Mexico3.63.51,707
32Maine3.55.22,626
33Kansas3.41.91,175
33Tennessee3.40.9497
35Alaska3.36.44,577
36Nevada3.11.7976
37New Hampshire33.42,197
38Iowa2.91.4913
38Minnesota2.90.7511
40Nebraska1.81.4949
41Arkansas1.61.2531
41Oregon1.60.6384
41Rhode Island1.62.61,519
44West Virginia11.4588
45North Dakota0.91.71,240
46Delaware0.70.8659
46Idaho0.70.8379
46Montana0.71.3655
46South Dakota0.71.2750
46Vermont0.72.11,133
51Wyoming0.51.2784

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