MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The federal government spent 24 percent less in Wisconsin in the last fiscal year than it did in the previous year.
The Wisconsin Procurement Institute, which helps companies secure federal contracts, said Washington spent just over $3 billion in the year ending September 30th. That's down from almost $4 billion the previous year, and $7.2 billion in fiscal 2011.
The ending of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan hit Wisconsin especially hard -- especially the Oshkosh Corporation, which is a large manufacturer of military vehicles.
The Procurement Institute said there were 2,515 federal contractors in Wisconsin during the last fiscal year -- down 20 percent from the year before.
The Badger State ranked 29th in terms of federal dollars received, down from 28th last year and 23rd in 2011.