I’ll make this one quick.

Jan. 12, 2011

What’s at Stake? offers 50 state-level briefs focused on the local impact of war spending.

Note: NPP is indebted to colleagues at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for their research on state budget shortfalls, to the Political Economy Research Institute for its jobs analysis, and to the U.S. Conference of Mayors which issued a report on the potential for economic recovery in metro areas across the country.


  • New York has 128,128 Head Start-eligible children, yet only 48,013 Head Start places. For New York’s share of this year’s Afghan War spending, the state could fund Head Start places for all eligible children for 21 years.
  • Wisconsin has 527,000 uninsured residents. For Wisconsin’s cumulative Afghan War spending, the state could provide insurance for all uninsured for 3 years.
  • Washington consumes 1,168,531 Billion British thermal units (BBtu) of non-renewable energy and only 881,676 BBtu of renewable energy. For Washington’s share of cumulative Afghan and Iraq war spending, it could pay 23% of the cost to convert all non-renewable energy to all solar energy or 79% to convert to all wind energy.
  • At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the North Carolina share of total war spending ($34 billion) would fund all in-state expenses of a four-year education for each incoming freshman class for the next 135 years.

Uh, hello? Priorities. Death and destruction 1 – Good of humanity 0.

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