I have read about a lot of accusations about Alaska being a welfare state, and how it takes a lot of federal funds.Publish Post
What people fail to note, is that Alaska provides a significant amount of energy and raw materials to the rest of the United States. Alaskans provide food, wood, minerals, gold, oil, and soon natural gas. They do it in extreme weather conditions. The economic benefit of all this far and away out weighs any Federal funding that is provided. Federal funding helps fund the roads and infastructure that America requires for economic growth.
If anything, Alaska is ripped off in the deal. Thank god that Sarah Palin at least struck a deal to keep a small part of it in Alaska.