Almost half U.S. budget goes to entitlement programs
From the United States Census Bureau
December 27, 2005
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for more than
$1 trillion of the $2.2 trillion the federal government spent
in 2004, according to the only consolidated source of data on
the geographic distribution of federal expenditures.
The report also reveals expenditures for the Department of Homeland
Security, the first full year that this data has been included,
and the Defense Department.
The data cover direct payments, grants, procurement awards, and
salaries and wages, by federal agency and program, for state and
county areas of the United States, including the District of Columbia
and U.S. outlying areas.
· The federal government spent $2.2 trillion in 2004,
up 5 percent from 2003.
· Five states - California, New York, Texas, Florida and
Pennsylvania received one-third of all federal funds in 2004.
At the county or county-equivalent level, New York City, N.Y.,
led the list of recipients, followed by Los Angeles County, Calif.;
Cook County, Ill.; San Diego County, Calif.; and Maricopa County,
· Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid accounted for
more than $1 trillion, nearly one-half of total federal spending.
· Defense Department spending was highest in the following
five states: California, Virginia, Texas, Florida and Maryland.
· Fiscal Year 2004 is the first full year for which data
are included for the Department of Homeland Security.
· The Consolidated Federal Funds Report data cover federal
expenditures or obligations for direct payments, grants, procurement
awards, and salaries and wages, by federal agency and program,
for state and county areas of the United States, including the
District of Columbia and U.S. outlying areas.
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