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Look local for 'government dependence'

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By Harold Morgan

A government employment number stepped from the shadows recently and got my attention. The number was for local government.
First, a bit of context.
States that have a whole lot of federal government spending tend to be states that are home to large expensive activities that are allocated to the feds. This insight comes from a recent report by wallethub.com, a business finance website operated by Evolution Finance of Washington, D.C. (evolutionfinance.com).
States attracting federal money tend to be border states (New Mexico, Arizona, Montana), located on a coast with big ports (Louisiana), with military, reservations and federally owned land (especially in the West) and national parks. Uniquely among the states attracting proportionally significant federal spending, New Mexicans do research and development on behalf of national security.
Military personnel are not in the usual non-agricultural wage job numbers. That means Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases, White Sands Missile Range (run by the Army) and the military at Kirtland Air Force, which is unusual in being a multi-mission facility with everything from special forces activity to space research.
A look at the 13 big job classifications suggests that Pogo had it right when he said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”


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