For those on welfare and other aid from the government in many U.S. states, getting back into the work force doesn’t always make much sense financially.
In fact, welfare and other government benefits pay more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states and in 13 states, the payout is more than $15 an hour, according to a new study from libertarian think tank The Cato Institute. The study found that the assistance — defined in the study as including government benefits such as food stamps, housing assistance and other programs — pays more than a first-year teacher’s salary in 11 states, the starting salary for a secretary in 39 states and an entry-level job as a computer programmer in three states.
It should be noted that not everyone receiving public assistance is eligible for or receives all of the programs included in Cato’s study. So if a person didn’t get help from all of the programs Cato studied, they might actually make less than minimum wage.
Tired of busting your rump forty hours or more each week, just to make ends meet? And many of us who do work full time, still cannot make ends meet. Perhaps it’s time for all of us to go on welfare?
According to a study from the Cato Institute, welfare benefits payout more than a full time minimum wage job in at least 35 states! In at least thirteen states, the payout is more than $15 an hour! And even more shocking, is that if someone were to draw all of the welfare benefits available to them, their pay would be more than that of a newly college educated teacher in eleven states, and it would add up to more than the salary of a computer programmer in three states!
If you found it hard to believe that thirteen states pay more than $15 an hour in welfare benefits, then you would find it even harder to believe that the highest welfare payout states pay more than $20 an hour! These states include: Hawaii, with payments equaling $29.13 per hour, DC at $24.43 per hour, Massachusetts at $24.30 , Connecticut at $21.33, New York at $21.01 per hour, New Jersey at $20.89 per hour, Rhode Island at $20.83 per hour and Vermont at $20.36 per hour.
Think of all of this the next time you get your paycheck and determine that it may or may not be enough for you to meet your budget’s needs.
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