Welfare

Welfare Remains a Better Deal Than Entry-Level Work for Many People

Welfare pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states

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In 1995, the Cato Institute published a groundbreaking study, The Work vs. Welfare Trade-Off, which estimated the value of the full package of welfare benefits available to a typical recipient in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It found that not only did the value of such benefits greatly exceed the poverty level but, because welfare benefits are tax-free, their dollar value was greater than the amount of take-home income a worker would receive from an entry-level job.

Since then, many welfare programs have undergone significant change, including the 1996 welfare reform legislation that ended the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program and replaced it with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. Accordingly, this paper examines the current welfare system in the same manner as the 1995 paper. Welfare benefits continue to outpace the income that most recipients can expect to earn from an entry-level job, and the balance between welfare and work may actually have grown worse in recent years.

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  1. the 1996 welfare reform legislation that ended the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program and replaced it with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

    Wow thats progress. Change the name but not much else and all is well (fare). We are such idiots. We deserve these so called “leaders” if for nothing else than to keep us well fed.

  2. Used to be called Food Stamps, now its SNAP…Isn’t that snappy! Who wouldn’t want some Snap!

  3. My joints hurt and I’m tired. Still no flat screen and my cell phone screen is cracked. My truck is so old ,smoke billows down wind every time I start it. What a stupid fool I must be. But I’m happy sort of.

    I went to DSS once. It was my lowest point. I’d rather be sore and tired.

  4. Howz i sign up? huh?

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