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Another ranking finds Florida at the bottom

A new report finds Florida among those states at the bottom when it comes to per capita distribution of federal funds tied to census data in fiscal year 2008.

The Counting for Dollars report by the Brookings Institution found Florida Nevada, Virginia, Colorado and Utah at the bottom of the pile. At the top, reports Bloomberg News, Washington, D.C., Vermont, Alaska, New York and Massachusetts.

Bloomberg quotes the study's author as noting that states that have higher income levels -- such as New York -- combined with higher poverty rates, tend to receive a greater proportion of federal funds because they often have "more generous medical-assistance programs."

According to the report, Washington, D.C., received $4,656 per capita in FY2008, compared to Nevada’s $742. And among the 100 largest metro areas, Albany, New York received $5,217 per capita, compared to
Bradenton at $336 per person.

Senate Republican rivals Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio clashed last month over Rubio's proposal to leave undocumented workers out of Census formulas that determine federal aid and seats in Congress. The report notes that "each additional person included in the Census 2000 resulted in an annual additional Medicaid reimbursement to most states of between several hundred and several thousand dollars, depending on the state."

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