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The $10 Billion Question

In 1995, the federal government collected more than $1 trillion in taxes–a million times a million! Tax collection in Georgia the same year was nearly $10 billion. Most of the money to pay for the operation of Georgia’s state government comes from a variety of taxes paid by Georgia citizens and businesses–primarily sales and income taxes. These taxes are in addition to the federal and local taxes that people already pay. Where does that money go? It funds a variety of projects that benefit all citizens. This episode lists many but not all of the programs and projects used by citizens.

Teacher tip: Use this episode to introduce revenue sources and services provided by different levels of government. As the episode presents all of ways money is spent by government for citizens, ask students to identify which level of government is providing the service: federal, state, local, or a combination of governments.