Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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The median income family in the United States paid $2,628 in federal income taxes in 2007. Here's how that money was spent, according to the NPP.

Military
Average Total: $1,105
That means 42.2 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward Military expenses. Current Military and war spending used 28.7 cents, interest on Military debt was 10 cents, and Veterans' benefits were 3.5 cents out of every federal income tax dollar.

Health
Average total: $581
That means 22.1 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward Health programs. Health ($458 billion) is the federal funds portion of all health spending by the federal government, including the federal funds spending on Medicare.


Interest on Non-Military Debt
Average total: $269
That means 10.2 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward interest on non-Military debt

Anti-Poverty Programs
Average total: $228
That means 8.7 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward anti-poverty program costs.

Education, Training, & Social Services
Average total: $115
That means 4.4 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward education, training, and social services costs.

Government & Law Enforcement
Average total: $102
That means 3.9 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward government and law enforcement costs.

Housing & Community Development
Average total: $88
That means 3.3 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward housing and community development costs.

Environment, Energy & Science
Average total: $69
That means 2.6 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward environment, energy, and science costs.

Transportation, Commerce, & Agriculture
Average total: $40
That means 1.5 cents out of every federal income tax dollar went toward transportation, commerce and agriculture costs.

International Affairs
Average total: $27
That means one cent out of every federal income tax dollar went toward international affairs costs.

1 comment:

Deanna said...

Priorities, schmiorities.