When Welfare Pays Better Than Work.

The Cato Institute (Michael D. Tanner) released a study showing that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Even worse, welfare pays more than $15 per hour in 13 states.

According to the study, welfare benefits have increased faster than minimum wage. It ’ s now more profitable to sit at home than it is to earn an honest day ’ s pay.

Hawaii is the biggest offender, where welfare recipients earn $29.13 per hour, or a $60,590 yearly salary, all for doing nothing.

Here is the list of the states where the pre-tax equivalent ´salary that welfare recipients receive is higher than having a job:

1. Hawaii: $60,590

2. District of Columbia: $50,820

3. Massachusetts: $50,540

4. Connecticut: $44,370

5. New York: $43,700

6. New Jersey: $43,450

7. Rhode Island: $43,330

8. Vermont: $42,350

9. New Hampshire: $39,750

10. Maryland: $38,160

11. California: $37,160

12. Oregon: $34,300

13. Wyoming: $32,620

14. Nevada: $29,820

15. Minnesota: $29,350

16. Delaware: $29,220

17. Washington: $28,840

18. North Dakota: $28,830

19. Pennsylvania: $28,670

20. New Mexico: $27,900

21. Montana: $26,930

22. South Dakota: $26,610

23. Kansas: $26,490

24. Michigan: $26,430

25. Alaska: $26,400

26. Ohio: $26,200

27. North Carolina: $25,760

28. West Virginia: $24,900

29. Alabama: $23,310

30. Indiana: $22,900

31. Missouri: $22,800

32. Oklahoma: $22,480

33. Louisiana: $22,250

34. South Carolina: $21,910

Now do you think we should reform ‘Welfare’ ?

4 Responses to When Welfare Pays Better Than Work.

  1. John R. Briscoe says:

    Nobody on unemployment should earn more than the minimum wage being paid in their area,and no longer than 12weeks.

  2. Jenny Lee says:

    It is sad that welfare recipients can make more money than a full time hard working American. Democrats are more worried about losing voters than they are being fair to the American tax payers, and some Republicans are leaning toward welfare recipients over tax payers. Soon enough the entire U.S. population will be fully controlled by the government. Controlling what foods we can all eat, how much money we are allowed to have. Ultimately, whether it is the Democrats or the Republicans promoting welfare, it ends up being government control.

  3. Informed says:

    The problem is that the cost of living is different per each state! Welfare should it be living or merely surviving, that’s the question to which needs to be responded! And to whom the decision goes! As well as individual circumstances or generalized treatment?

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