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Study: Welfare pays more than work in most states
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http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/20/study-...st-states/

Michael Bastasch
The Daily Caller
August 21, 2013

Looking for a good paying job? Well, look no further.

No, really, stop looking. In 35 states, welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the libertarian Cato Institute, and in 13 states welfare pays more than $15 per hour.

“One of the single best ways to climb out of poverty is taking a job, but as long as welfare provides a better standard of living than an entry-level job, recipients will continue to choose it over work,” said Michael Tanner, senior policy analyst and co-author of the study.
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Is anyone surprised by this after so many people have made welfare the family business they hand down through generations?


Anyone...?

Bueller?

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http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/20/study-...st-states/

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Welfare recipients in Hawaii get the most benefits, according to Tanner, at $29.13 per hour — or $60,590 pre-tax income annually. However, the state’s minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, according to the Labor Department. Hawaiians on welfare also earn 167 percent of the median salary in the state, which is only $36,275.

The District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Connecticut have the next more generous welfare benefits.

D.C. welfare recipients can earn $24.43 per hour. In Massachusetts they can get $24.30 per hour. In Connecticut welfare recipients can receive $21.33 per hour.

“If Congress and state legislatures are serious about reducing welfare dependence and rewarding work, they should consider strengthening welfare work requirements, removing exemptions, and narrowing the definition of work,” says the study.

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With how many children? Honestly 10!? waste of an article... worthless drivel.
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The study the article is referencing is from the libertarian think tank the CATO institute, so obviously there's an agenda in it and they have to necessarily be a little deceitful to get their point heard, right Excel?
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Although the study may be a bit skewed by bias, I can attest from someone I knew personally (my cousin) who had a pretty nice standard of living with welfare. She had a couple of kids out of wed lock with some guy, who happened to also live with her and support the household with whatever work or welfare he was able to collect all the while, she collected welfare benefits for being a single mother of 2 and got benefits from that. This was of course "against the rules" for her to live with the guy and collect benefits, but they obviously never checked up on it. She was pretty open about it.

Let me just say, she had a much higher standard of living than I did when I was serving our country and married. She had a new car, her 2 illegitimate kids wore new clothes from Gymboree, and she dressed well herself.

At least she used education benefits available to her and eventually finished school and moved on with her life and got a career, but she milked the system for several years before getting her act together.
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Some say this means we need to raise the minimum wage others say this means we need to reform and curtail welfare, food stamps and other subsidies. We have tried the former and it did not work, it's time to try the later.
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Camper;116111 Wrote:The study the article is referencing is from the libertarian think tank the CATO institute, so obviously there's an agenda in it and they have to necessarily be a little deceitful to get their point heard, right Excel?

I guess. Because whan a family of 4 gets $800 or so now in md it doesn't seem realistic to expect them to live off of it..
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ExcelToExcel;116150 Wrote:
Camper;116111 Wrote:The study the article is referencing is from the libertarian think tank the CATO institute, so obviously there's an agenda in it and they have to necessarily be a little deceitful to get their point heard, right Excel?

I guess. Because whan a family of 4 gets $800 or so now in md it doesn't seem realistic to expect them to live off of it..

Agreed, but if you qualify for food you generally qualify for other stuff. I think the article/study is including everything, including the money you would get for housing, medical, childcare, phones, (some states cars), etc.

For instance mortgage/rent is an expense that each of us pay out, but if you're given it as a benefit by being on welfare and in government housing than the cost of that rent is technically income even if you never see it.

Therefore, a head of a family of 4 minimum wage earner bringing home 1400 a month receives less than a welfare recipient who gets free housing and an 800 food allotment, if the comparable rent in the area is any greater than 600 per month.

Of course, your min wage earner with a family of 4 would likely get that $800 per month.

When goods or services are provided to you for free, it's generally compared to income--it's not income when you work and pay out of pocket, then it's just an expense.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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A family of 4 or 5 or 10 does not entitle you to more welfare in MD or any other state or that matter. If 800 a month is not enough to live on with 4 kids, USE A CONDOM or find a job that pays well. This whole "I need welfare because I have kids" is disgusying
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