Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
Notes and Sources
States at a Glance
- The percentage of a state's budget that comes from the federal government are based on figures from the Census Bureau
- Unemployment figures are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Data on Poverty and Median Household Income can be found on the NPP Database and are from the American Community Survey
- Food Insecurity data is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Information on Homelessness is from the Department of Housing and Urban Development
At the state level:
- State-level funding data for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Head Start, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs come from the Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR).
- State and community funding shares of the Pentagon budget are from NPP based on the Office of Management and Budget’s FY2013 request. The trade-offs were drawn NPP’s “Trade-offs” database.
Higher education v. Pentagon spending
Higher Education Data
- The information for each state university was obtained through each university's individual website.
At the national level:
Top Pentagon talking points
- Some suggest that increased and consistently high military spending leads to job creation, both direct and indirect. The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst finds that investing $1 billion in education, healthcare, clean energy, or tax cuts would generate more jobs than investing the same $1 billion in military-related industries.
Job Creation Data
- The data is based on “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update,” by Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier.
U.S. Military Spending Data
At the International Level: Global Military Spending Data
- The figures for world military spending come from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Military Expenditure Database.
Non-defense discretionary programs affected by sequestration:
What an annual Pentagon cut of $50 billion or $100 billion could buy:
Facts about expendable weapons systems
- Per-unit costs of selected weapons programs are calculated using the Defense Department's "Selected Acquisition Report" Dated March 30, 2012
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