Federal Aid Is Now Top Revenue for States

USA Today reports that in the wake of the stimulus bill, federal funding is now the chief source of income for the states, as even South Carolina, long a traditional bastion of states’ rights, will be accepting aid:

In a historic first, Uncle Sam has supplanted sales, property and income taxes as the biggest source of revenue for state and local governments.

The shift shows how deeply the recession is cutting. Federal stimulus money aimed at reviving the economy and a sharp drop in tax collections have altered, at least temporarily, the traditional balance of how states, cities, counties and schools pay for their operations.

The sales tax had been the No. 1 source of state and local revenue since the mid-1970s, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Before that, property taxes were the primary source. That changed in the first three months of 2009.

So much for federalism, I guess. Read more here.

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