why get a job when welfare pays you better than what you would get if you were employed?
from the Daily Caller:
Looking for a good paying ? Well, look no further.
No, really, stop looking. In 35 states, welfare 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
The study is an updated version of one Tanner put out in 1995 that
estimated the full value of welfare benefits packages across the states.
The 1995 study found that such tax-free welfare benefits greatly
exceeded the poverty level and “their dollar value was greater than the
amount of take-home income a worker would receive from an entry-level
Despite efforts to curb welfare spending, many welfare programs and
benefits have continued to outpace the income that many workers can
receive for working an entry-level job, which disincentivizes , according to the study.
“The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits
that it acts as a disincentive for work,” reads the study. “Welfare
currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and in 13 states it pays more than $15 per hour.”
According to the study, the federal government funds 126 separate
programs designed to support low-income earners. Seventy-two of these
programs provide or in-kind benefits to recipients. This is on top of additional welfare programs operated by state and local governments.
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 in the state, which is only $36,275.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/20/study-welfare-pays-more-than-work-in-most-states/#ixzz2cqDFXEJO