Cost of War

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In spite of claims that military spending creates jobs, much of the money
spent on the military never makes it back to the States. NPP's findings,
based on recently released federal spending data, show that 32 states pay
more in taxes for the military than they receive back in military spending.

NPP also offers state rankings and breakdowns that show what each state
received to fund education, food and nutrition and the Environmental
Protection Agency as compared to military spending, along with a breakdown
of total expenditures by state compared to taxes paid. Spending data at
state and county levels for dozens of federal spending programs from
1983-2005 is also available at The NPP Database.

On a separate note, we have updated our trade-offs-page to show what the
proposed new war spending levels for Fiscal Year 2008 could buy your state
or congressional district in a host of other local services such as health
care for kids, affordable housing units or university scholarships.

With the latest Bush Administration's request, the total war spending in
fiscal year 2008 would be nearly $200 billion, with the vast majority going
towards the Iraq War. If Congress passes this proposal, total Iraq War
spending would rise to$611 billion. NPP has updated its website to

an analysis and breakdown of total fiscal year 2008 war spending;
a breakdown by state, county and city of Iraq War costs under proposed FY08
a breakdown by state, county and city of Iraq War costs thus far; and
updated "trade-offs" by state and congressional district, showing what the
money spent on the Iraq War could buy each area in local services such as
health care for kids, university scholarships and affordable housing.
Bring these numbers to your Congresspeople, governors, mayors and fellow
citizens to help bring an end to wasted tax dollars and lost lives.

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