Here's more evidence. In a recent analysis by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Fiscal Federalism Initiative, Alabama ranked fourth when it comes states receiving federal dollars in relation to their gross domestic product.
Overall, Pew found:
Federal spending that can be identified at the state level accounted for more than 90 percent of the total federal budget, or $3.2 trillion of the $3.5 trillion total in 2010. This figure includes direct payments to individuals, government procurement, federal employee salaries and wages, and grants to states. Such spending was equivalent to about one-fifth of total domestic economic activity in 2010.