Published by Winter Park Times, May 7-8, 2020 https://winterparktimes.com/opinion/columnists/the-takers-and-the-makers-not-what-you-think/
The takers and the makers...It isn't what you or the Tea Party-like folks think. An Atlantic magazine analysis has been updated in 2017 though the analysis was first done in 2014. The red states are the takers of the blue states ' federal taxpayers' money. Per the article, "There are various ways of thinking about what a 'state dependency' map cited in the article tells us. One approach is to shine a light on the red-states-as takers paradox: Dominated by Republican voters who profess their distaste for the federal government and its social programs, these are the very states that rank highest on the dependency index." This is how Business Insider handled the story: "As it turns out, it is red states that are overwhelmingly the Welfare Queen States. Yes, that's right. Red States—the ones governed by folks who think the government is too big and spending needs to be cut—are a net drain on the economy, taking in more federal spending than they pay out in federal taxes. They talk a good game, but stick Blue States with the bill." https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/which-states-are-givers-and-which-are-takers/361668/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share&fbclid=IwAR1Scz2tEi0lNIQfem3uJawCg8TqJ-eewY9YTmOpQ25BZUATLD4QxoEMzrY
By any measure in the article, Colorado is a maker state, among the lowest tier of states taking federal taxpayer dollars.
One more paradox in makers and takers comparisons, racism is a factor, but not as the racists believe. More white people get government assistance than any other group of minorities, including African Americans. https://www.lexingtonlaw.com/blog/finance/welfare-statistics.html
Food stamp recipients, in particular, are more white of percentage, than of a minority race.
Diving deeper into the issue of political control, there are some underlying factors. The kinds of economic activity states generate may play a role. However, with few exceptions, there is also a strong self-perpetuating connection in the South with the poverty rate of the taking states and the percentage of racial minorities, poor health care, and voter suppression. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/race-and-blame/609946/ https://www.healthline.com/health-news/covid-19-affecting-people-of-color Because of poverty, their needs exceed the will and ability of their state governments to provide so they demand and need federal help. Many of these states have not expanded Medicaid to their poorer citizens when they had the opportunity under the provisions of Obamacare, keeping the poorer sicker and more expensive to treat. Voter suppression tactics, making it expensive and inconvenient to register and get transportation to vote, and stringent requirements for government-issued picture IDs from non-drivers, keep minorities at a political power disadvantage in getting their part of the economic pie.