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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

BRAC to Blame for California’s Low Federal Payout

  • November 4, 2011
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In trying to explain why California ranks 43rd among states in per capita federal spending according to the latest census data, a writer for the Ventura County Star concludes that the five rounds of BRAC, and the closure of some two dozen bases, are responsible.

Clearly, those losses slashed government spending on payroll, contractors and other services, and supplies in California. DOD spent just $10.3 billion in salaries in the state in 2010, compared to $19.7 billion in Texas — with about two-thirds of California’s population — and $12.5 billion in Georgia, with a significantly smaller population.

The decline in military spending isn’t the only factor, though. California’s relatively low percentage of retirees drawing federal benefits also contributes to the state’s poor per capita spending rank, the column states.

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