Question of the Day: What were the top three expenses the government paid for with our tax dollars in 2019?


Answer: Health, Military, and Interest on Debt

Questions:

  • Are you surprised by the top 3 categories the Federal government spends taxpayer money on? Explain.
  • How would you adjust the spending allocation across these categories (if at all)? Why?
  • What top three items do you think the government will spend tax dollars on in ten years? How much per item? Why? 

Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

 

Behind the numbers (National Priorities Project):

“Our federal income taxes pay for everything from the military to education, from federal prisons to cancer research. There are other federal taxes you probably pay, too – like social security and Medicare taxes. But only income taxes are included in the tax dollar.”

To view the average $ amount of taxes paid in each state, click the link here.

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Taxes on the mind? Check out NGPF’s Taxes unit page which is full of ideas to engage your students!

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About the Author

Mason Butts


After graduating from UCLA with a Master’s in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.



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