Originally Posted by baystater
Again it's utah.
If your using federal money to prop your state government or or to help your economy..really you are subservient to the federal government and it's will. Also this lead to a "state" (not individuals) that is not self sufficient.
Basically alot states that think they are self sufficient at this point are getting federal handouts in the form of subsidies/progams of all sorts.
I'll agree to that wholeheartedly. More than a few states that like to claim "independence" and yet suck away freely at the government teat. Alaska is pretty bad, most of the Southern States too. The West Coast and Northeast put in much more than they get out so presumably they could actually survive best on their own.