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Thursday, October 07, 2004

How Much Gainesville Spends on War

Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq is costing Gainesville a lot of money. According to the National Priorities Project, Gainesville taxpayers have spent more than $33 million just on the Iraq war expenditures. That's more than $300 for each adult and child.

Gainesville spends even more for its contribution to the annual military budget. Gainesville taxpayers spent about $85 million a year on the military. That's $775 for each man, woman and child.

For perspective, that's almost half of the City of Gainesville's annual budget ($203 million), more than a fourth of the Alachua County School Board budget ($298 million), and almost a third of the county's budget ($217 million).

National Priorities is a group that provides community groups the tools and resources needed to shape federal budget and policy priorities so that they promote social and economic justice. The group’s website offers examples of what the Iraq invasion money could buy, such as health care for all children.

The US has the largest military budget of any nation, by far. In fact, US military spending is almost as much as the combined spending of all other nations. It is the largest part of our federal budget and the reason why such a prosperous nation as ours can’t provide everyone with health care or a decent education.

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