Connecticut’s defense contractors rake it in

A fascinating new website,, breaks down federal spending by state and, often, by congressional district. You can learn a lot playing with the numbers.

But here’s the big picture: Connecticut ges $23.4 billion in federal cash, of which Social Security recipients taken in $4.9 billion to lead the pack.

United Technologies, though, is right behind, getting nearly as much money as several hundred thousand seniors in Connecticut.

Of the federal grants, $17.9 billion go to individuals, from farmers to railroad pension recipients. Another $4.5 billion goes to government here, with the Department of Transportation collecting the biggest share, at $493 million.

Our own Colt Defense company gets a comparatively paltry $116 million, but I’m sure they need it.

What I found most surprising, of what I saw, was that federal flood insurance in Connecticut costs taxpayers $4.3 billion. That’s more than Medicare in this state.

I assume most of that is to help provide insurance for all those mansions along the shore. It doesn’t strike me, offhand, as a particularly wise way to spend our tax money, particularly given that we can’t even use most beaches in Connecticut thanks to a stupid colonial era decision about where property lines should end at the ocean (low tide lines here, high tide lines in more enlightened locales).

Anyway, go futz with it yourself and see what you find. Report back anything interesting.



Filed under Colt, federal spending, government, Social Security, Transportation

6 responses to “Connecticut’s defense contractors rake it in

  1. Joe Visconti

    Larson Larson Larson opposes the War, who doesn’t oppose war? Anyone know how much Johnny boy’s campaign got from UTC for opposing the war????

  2. Lets talk about something interesting – like when is the West Hartford Blog going to call for the resignation of corrupt MDC Chairman William “Billy” DiBella!

  3. Hey Joe… seeing that at one point or another you were a member of both the Republican and Democratic Party you may have some insight on that issue. When will the town of West Hartford take up a resolution asking DiBella to resign.

  4. The resignation of DiBella is a given. No point in talking about it.

  5. Joe Visconti

    Don’t be too sure with the Old Silver Fox,

    Rowland Dibella wasn’t that the name of the fictional character who gets away with it in ” L. A. Confidentional”? You know when Kevin Spacey’s Character gets shot and say’s Rowland Something with his last breath? Oh I’m mistaken it’s Roland Tommassi.

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