Originally Posted by Requiem
ND and SD govern themselves quite well. What charity are they receiving to maintain their lifestyle? I don't see how you can group the Dakota's in with Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, etc.
The Dakotas receive a large subsidy (taxes) from the Federal government to continue operating.
According to Wiki, both have a net drain on tax monies of ~4500/person. They spend about 2x as much as they have internal revenue. Doesn't mean the people are -bad- just means they don't have enough internal revenue to maintain their state. It sucks, but its inevitable when you have huge states with small populations.