Today's top story:
18.3% of the nation's total personal income comes from the government.
Aid includes Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs, according to USA TODAY.
Personal wages accounted for only 51% of people's income, the lowest since the government started keeping track in 1929.
Between 1980 and 2000, government aid hovered around 12.5%.
The expansion of health care, federal programs, an aging population and economic turmoil contributed to the increase.
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