by David Koon
During that time, according to their report, Arkansas collected 333.3 billion in federal taxes, but only spent 316.3 billion of Uncle Sam's money. Compare that to Mississippi — which took in 164.7 bn and spent 404.6 bn — and Louisiana, which took in 397.8 bn and spent 601.2 bn.
Also interesting is where some of the socially progressive states — often demonized by the Right for their social welfare programs that supposedly vacuum up tax dollars — land on the list. California came in 336.2 billion in the black, New York 956.2 billion ahead, and Massachusetts 147.6 billion in the plus column.