METHODOLOGY

STATES: To calculate states’ annual contribution to military aid to Israel, we took each state’s income tax amount and divided it by the income tax amount of the United States, as reported by the IRS in FY2014, to find the percentage of income tax from each state. Then we multiplied that percentage by the total federal annual allocation of military aid to Israel.

For example, residents of Alabama paid 0.92% of total income tax ($12,482,272,000/ $1,362,033,238,000). Therefore, we estimated residents of Alabama pay $34,824,872 annually in military aid to Israel ($3.8 billion X 0.92%). 

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS AND CITIES: To calculate Congressional districts’ and cities’ annual contribution, we took the total households for a geographical unit and multiplied it by its mean income, as reported by the US Census Bureau in its 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) (5-Year Estimates), to find its total income. We then divided total income for that geographical unit by the total state income to determine the percentage of income generated by it. Finally, we multiplied that percentage by the state’s annual contribution to determine the annual contribution for the geographical unit.

For example, residents of the 1st Congressional District in Alabama generated income of $15,492,485,526 (259,063 households X $59,802 mean income per household). This Congressional district accounted for 13.97% of total state income ($15,492,485,526/$110,908,920,645). Therefore, we estimated residents of the 1st Congressional District of Alabama pay $4,864,567 annually in military aid to Israel ($34,824,872 X 13.97%).

Similarly, for example, Abbeville, Alabama generated income of $45,038,389 (1,061 households X $42,449 mean income per household). This city accounted for 0.04% of total state income ($45,038,389/$110,908,920,645). Therefore, we estimated residents of Abbeville pay $14,142 annually in military aid to Israel ($34,824,872 X 0.04%).

COUNTIES: To calculate counties’ annual contribution, we took each county’s income tax amount and divided it by the income tax amount of the state, as reported by the IRS in FY2014, to find the percentage of income tax from each county. Then we multiplied that percentage by the state’s contribution.

For example, residents of Autauga County, Alabama paid 0.96% of the state’s total income tax ($119,167,000/$12,454,373,000). Therefore, we estimated residents of Autauga County pay $333,214 annually in military aid to Israel ($34,824,872 X 0.96%).

BUDGETARY TRADE-OFFS: To calculate how many people could be served through another governmental program, we divided the amount of military aid to Israel for a geographical unit by the average national per capita cost for these programs, which are:

  • $80,882 per elementary school teacher 
  • $1,504.80 per Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient
  • $5,815 per Pell Grant award
  • $2,370.70 per low-income child provided healthcare
  • $74,074.07 per clean energy job

Sources: National Priorities Project, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Education.

For example, with residents of Alabama contributing an estimated $34,824,872 annually in military aid to Israel, this amount of money could fund instead one of the following:

  • 431 elementary school teachers ($34,824,872/$80,882)
  • 23,143 people receiving food assistance ($34,824,872/$1,504.80)
  • 5,989 students receiving Pell Grants ($34,824,872/$5,815)
  • 14,690 children receiving healthcare ($34,824,872/$2,370.70)
  • 470 clean energy jobs ($34,824,872/$74,074.07)

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