From the National Priorities Project> Could your tax dollars be better spent?

Find out using our interactive Trade Offs tool.

Select your state, town, county or congressional district and a program, and find out what else your tax dollars could provide.

Here is a sample:

Taxpayers in State of Minnesota will pay $2.0 billion for allocated Homeland Security funding for FY2011. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

  • 691,035 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 29,666 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

  • 46,388 Firefighters for One Year OR

  • 273,006 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR

  • 973,365 Households with Renewable Electricity – Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR

  • 2.0 million Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR

  • 260,830 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR

  • 252,966 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 29,043 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR

  • 174,777 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

  • 361,081 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

Here are some other examples.

Taxpayers in State of Minnesota will pay $16.0 billion for proposed Department of Defense for FY2012. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

  • 5.5 million Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One YearOR

  • 237,438 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

  • 371,272 Firefighters for One Year OR

  • 2.2 million Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR

  • 7.8 million Households with Renewable Electricity – Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR

  • 16.4 million Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR

  • 2.1 million Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One YearOR

  • 2.0 million People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One YearOR

  • 232,449 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR

  • 1.4 million Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

  • 2.9 million Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

Taxpayers in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota will pay $939.4 million for proposed Department of Defense for FY2012. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

  • 323,923 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 13,906 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

  • 21,744 Firefighters for One Year OR

  • 127,971 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR

  • 456,265 Households with Renewable Electricity – Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR

  • 958,157 Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR

  • 122,264 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR

  • 118,578 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 13,614 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR

  • 81,927 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

  • 169,257 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

Taxpayers in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota will pay $691.6 million for proposed Department of Defense for FY2012. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

  • 238,480 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 10,238 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

  • 16,009 Firefighters for One Year OR

  • 94,215 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR

  • 335,913 Households with Renewable Electricity – Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR

  • 705,419 Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR

  • 90,014 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR

  • 87,300 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 10,023 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR

  • 60,316 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

  • 124,611 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550


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