Federal Spending Matters in Your State

School lunch by Bruce Stockwell

The National School Lunch Program is projected to see a small reduction in funding next year/ Photo by Bruce A Stockwell

Does the federal budget affect lunchtime for the kids in your neighborhood?

You might be surprised at the answer.

Earlier this month President Obama released his 2015 budget proposal. (We analyzed it, plus we put it into pictures to make it easy to understand.) And with the president's budget release comes a wealth of new data – data that spell out how much the federal budget affects your own community.

That's why we just launched Federal Spending in Your State, 2013 - 2015. This new resource has the numbers on how much funding your state receives for key federal programs – and how next year's funding is projected to rise or fall.

For instance, did you know that the National School Lunch Program – which serves millions of low-income children across the country – is slated for a slight funding reduction next year? And the same is true for WIC, the nutrition program for women, infants, and children.

You can also see that the state of Arizona is projected to receive $80 million next year from the federal government for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). That's a huge increase compared to this year. How much CHIP funding does your state receive, and is it projected to go up or down? We have the answer.

We also have the numbers on how much each state is projected to recieve for Medicaid – and you'll see that some states are getting huge increases next year while others are seeing reductions. As the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) rolls out this year, the question of which states are expanding their Medicaid program – and which are not – is a hot political issue. Want to see how much money your state receives for Medicaid? We have the number.