Excuse me. Actually the CA Economy would have a surplus if we did not pay for the majority of "Red" states. Simple Fact -76% of "Red" states SPEND more money than they collect in Federal Taxes!
The worst "Red" state is North Dakota which spends $2.03 for each Federal tax dollar it collects, Mississippi spends $1.84, Alaska spends $1.82... it goes on and on...
CA only SPENDS
.81 cents of each dollar it collect from us fine residents. The other .19 cents per dollar from the fifth largest economy in the world is then mostly given to "Tea Party States". I am thinking CA should stop doing this!!! Congratulations however, Oregon and Florida spend $1.00 for each dollar they collect. These two states are not exactly saving anything but also NOT asking CA for handouts.
I assume you are getting new numbers from somewhere, but this is the last list I could come up with:
In general, we get it worse here in the NYC Metro area than in California. Much of the problem is the Senate. The Senate gives equal power to all states, regardless of population. Combined with rules that enable obstructionism, a lot of deals are cut with "conservative" senators from smaller states that are always more than happy with Federal spending when it goes to their state. Restricting the use of the filibuster would be a good first step.
If there was some way to pass a "state contribution budget balancing" rule that limits funding for new federal projects in states where they receive more in tax revenue than they pay, it would help all of us on the coasts. Even if you could just bring it up for debate and make red-states that get more than the pay have to defend themselves publically, it would potentially help populous states that pay more than they receive get funded...which is where the greatest potential for EV adoption is.