family fragmentation costs U.S. taxpayers at least $112 billion each and every year, or more than $1 trillion each decade.
Me: This is the equivalent of the entire Gross Domestic Product of New Zealand.
Of these taxpayer costs, $70.1 billion are at the federal level, $33.3 billion are at the state level, and $8.5 billion are at the local level. Taxpayers in
California incur the highest state and local costs at $4.8 billion.
Me: CA now faces a state budget deficit of around $12 billion. This means that family fragmentation accounts fo over a third of CA's deficit.