Friday, March 11, 2005

House Transportation Bill Mapped by State


This is a quick and dirty attempt to provide a state-by-state visualization of the value of federal appropriations for earmarked projects from yesterday's US House of Representatives transportation bill.

Interestingly, Alaska--which happens to be the home state of Transportation committee chairman Don Young--is by far the greatest per capita beneficiary under the House bill at $1,151. The second highest per capita is Oregon at $83. Because of the significant outlier status of Alaska it distorts the quintiles a bit on the map.

I hope to do a more detailed analysis of a state or two to look at the urban vs. suburban bias of this bill.

Click on the photo for a larger version (flickr registration may be required). A big thanks is owed to Taxpayers for Common Sense for sharing their dataset.

(Linked to Outside the Beltway)