What Are You Paying for the War?
State-by-State Cost Breakdowns
The Bush administration submit a request for an additional $42.3 billion in war-related funding to Congress today. This is on top of the extra funding already allocated to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, which means that they are, in effect, requesting a supplemental for the supplemental.
The additional funds will bring the total amount of 2008 supplemental funding to $189.3 billion—a nearly 30 percent increase over the $142 billion that was requested in February of this year. The overwhelming majority—approximately $158 billion—will go to funding the war in Iraq. If approved, the total spending for the Iraq war would total $617 billion.
The National Priorities Project today released new calculations showing just what effect this surge in spending has had on taxpayers in each state. The interactive map below displays this data and shows state-by-state how much taxpayers have already spent, how much more they will likely spend this year, and what their total cost will be.
It is time to end this misadventure in Iraq and begin a phased redeployment of our forces over the next 10 to 12 months, while implementing a Strategic Reset in the entire Middle East. Until we do so, our troops and our national security will remain hostage to events on the ground.
How to use the map:
Get information: Hover over a state to see how many billions of dollars taxpayers in that state will have spent on operations in Iraq since the war started.
Zoom in: Use the magnifying glass, or mark an area with the cursor
Zoom out: Right click and select zoom out, or use the magnifying glass
$20 billion or more total (funds already appropriated + additional FY2008 funds)
$10 billion to $20 billion
$5 billion to $10 billion
$2 billion to $5 billion
less than $2 billion
Source: National Priorities Project
For more information:
- The Cost of Staying the Course in Iraq
- Strategic Reset: Reclaiming Control of U.S. Security in the Middle East
- How to Redploy: Implementing a Responsible Drawdown of U.S. Forces from Iraq
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