Colorado Senator Gardner has called the EPA the “Everyone Pays A Lot” Administration.1
So how much do we really pay for EPA?
Here’s how much we pay annually per person for EPA - with some other agencies thrown in for comparison.5
National Weather Service $3
National Park Service $8
National Science Foundation $23
National Institutes of Health $94
Veterans Compensation $267
Veteran’s Health Care $174
Social Security $2672
Of course, not everyone pays $26 - that’s just a per capita average. Here’s a breakdown by taxable income category (the average cost to taxpayers in each IRS income tax bracket, based on the EPA % share of revenue for each income bracket) . These figures are based on EPA’s 2013 budget ($7.9 billion) - which is quite a bit bigger than EPA's budget today.6
If your earnings are in the bottom half US taxpayers - less than $37,000/year - EPA cost is $13.
Between $37k and $75k - EPA cost is $47.
Between $75k and $127k - EPA cost is $85.
Between $127k and $180k, EPA cost you $131.
If your earnings are in the top 5% of US taxpayers - between $180k and $428k, EPA cost you $220. For comparison, taxpayer contributions to US military spending are about 90x the cost for environmental protection. Those taxpayers in the lowest 50% of earnings pay pay about $1170/ yr.7 Total defense spending by the U.S. government is projected to be $853.6 billion in fiscal year 2017 - 182 times higher than the budget for EPA.8