Most of the above “red” states in this article, if I’m understanding it correctly, are also the states that refused Medicare expansion underneath the ACA. Which, in turn, is screwing a lot of lower-middle-class people in their monthly premiums. Which the political leaders of the states are trying to blame on Obama (for “lying” about decreasing premiums under ACA).
All in all, this article speaks to the increasing need for transparency in our government so that we as citizens can understand what exactly we’re voting/paying for instead of just taking politicians’ and pundits’ words for it.
What I have in mind is something like a simple “Where did my money go?” infographic that is included with your tax refund every year. Something along the lines of: “In this fiscal year, $0.05 of your tax money went to road maintenance. (x amt) of total dollars was spent on road maintenance in your state, while (x amt) of total dollar was spent on road maintenance in the US.” And provide verified numbers on how much was spent in your county, in your state, and in your country.
They already have similar infographics for proposed federal budgets (http://nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/spending/), or federal-level spending (http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=1258), or even state-level NFL funding (http://www.policymic.com/articles/66077/how-much-public-money-does-your-state-spend-on-nfl-football-check-this-chart).
Nonprofits are already required to report their funding and spending in such a way (http://www.ibtimes.com/worst-charities-non-profits-spend-most-their-money-fundraising-1298829), why not apply this to all publicly funded organizations (whether they’re privately run or government organizations)?