In light of Spain's fiscal instability
, many Catalans feel that they aren't getting a sufficient return on investment from the taxes they pay to the federal Spanish government. Catalans suggest their recent request for a €5bn
bailout by the Spanish government is merely an attempt to recover funds they claim the federal government is allocating disproportionately. According to Montserrat Guibernau
, "Catalonia's average contribution to the Spanish Central Administration and Social Security corresponds to 19.40 per cent of the total. In contrast, Catalonia receives 14.03 per cent". Below, a graph
shows that in 2010, although Catalonia payed the third most in taxes, it was the tenth ranked community in resources received.