Story. If someone insinuates race as a reason why states in the South do poorly, point out Montana, Maine, South Dakota, West Virginia, Delaware, Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, California, Vermont, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Kentucky contradict this claim , and point out that states in the south however, spend the least on education and have the highest obesity/smoking rates. I'm from two green states so all these bootstraps I'm pulling up are feeling pretty heavy right now
Also"It's not just that some states are getting way more in return for their federal tax dollars, but the disproportionate amount of federal aid that some states receive allows them to keep their own taxes artificially low."
And is that even the correct way to frame the question? Read on theatlantic.com