Stimulus money didn’t go to the states hardest hit by the recession. States with higher bankruptcy, foreclosure and poverty rates as well as lower incomes got significantly less money. And states that had higher unemployment rates received virtually exactly the same amount of money as states with lower rates.
But there was one group that significantly benefited: unions. The top 10 states receiving the most stimulus money got more than 70% more money per person than the 10 states that received the least money. At the same time those states had more than twice the share of their workers represented by unions.