A new report reveals that Louisiana is among the most federally dependent states in the country.
The report, released by L’Observateur, shows that Louisiana has a higher than average reliance on federal funding when compared to other states. Data from the report indicates that in 2018, Louisiana received $3.3 billion in federal funds, which is an increase from $3.1 billion in 2017.
The report also found that the state heavily relies on funding from the federal government for healthcare. In 2018, the federal government provided over $14 billion in Medicaid funding to Louisiana, which is an increase from $13.2 billion in 2017. Additionally, the federal government contributed $1.4 billion towards the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 2018.
When it comes to infrastructure, the federal government is also a major source of funding for the state. In 2018, the federal government provided over $1 billion in transportation funding for Louisiana, which is a slight increase from $985 million in 2017.
The report also notes that the state has received a significant amount of relief funding from the federal government in recent years. In the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the federal government has provided over $9 billion in emergency relief funding to Louisiana.
Overall, the report concludes that Louisiana is one of the most federally dependent states in the nation. The depth of this reliance is due in part to the lack of resources available through the state government, as well as the state’s significant unmet healthcare needs. The report suggests that this dependence on federal funds is likely to continue in the future.