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Ranking of states by dollar amount of incentives used to recruit industry.

It's ironic that New York, with one of the greatest net outflows of industry, is first by a country mile when ranked by incentives granted to companies to locate within a state.

The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, Subsidy Tracker, recently released a report ranking all states by dollar amount of incentives used to attract industry over the past 10 years ending December 31, 2013.

According to their report, these are the top 10 states for the last 10 years:

State Subsidy Value Number of Subsidies

New York $20,932,681,224 68,947

Washington $13,036,329,150 12,788

Michigan $9,988,504,162 15,025

Louisiana $7,663,729,147 5,258

Kentucky $7,356,032,306 3,983

Texas $6,314,830,245 3,942

Indiana $5,875,569,695 6,314

Missouri $4,709,727,204 3,407

Pennsylvania $4,468,568,047 7,804

Oregon $4,212,928,624 10,085

It’s no surprise that Texas made the list, but Louisiana caught my eye at number four nationally. And Michigan at number three appears to be valiantly trying to stem the net outflow of industry from that state.

My home state of Alabama ranked number 19 on the list. To see where your state ranks, the full list can be accessed at

The five states with the lowest incentives used were:

North Dakota $85,425,911 617

Montana $32,056,820 107

New Hampshire $5,958,629 540

Hawaii $516,310 1,415

Wyoming $508,787 9

Boeing was one of the top companies receiving government incentives. The aerospace giant took over $13 billion from various states over the last 10 years. This is amusing in light of Boeing’s recent complaint lodged against Airbus for locating an aircraft plant in the U.S. Boeing’s complaint, ironically, alleged that Airbus had received too much by way of subsidies from European governments.

It seems that all is fair in love, war and industrial recruitment.

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