Nevada’s military spending

For every dollar earmarked for military spending that Nevadans send to the federal government in taxes, 72 cents make it back to the state, according to a new study that shows Nevada receiving $518 million in Pentagon procurement contracts.

That places Nevada 37th among states in military spending paid for by the state’s own taxpayers, but that’s in raw dollars. On a per-capita basis, Nevada ranks 51st among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The information comes from the National Priorities Project (NPP) which studied newly released 2005 federal spending data to determine if claims of job creation back home from military spending are accurate.