Welfare Pays More Than Min. Wage In Most States
(National Journal) That's according to a new study released this week by the
Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank. It's an update from
its 1995 study that examined the same issues.
Its conclusion this time around, accounting for the changes in the government's 126 separate programs for low-income people, is that government aid can be more than the earnings from a regular, entry-level job. And the pay gap has increased in recent years, the study concludes.
Here are some of its numbers:
Not only do government-assistance programs for the unemployed pay more than minimum wage in 35 states, but they also pay more than a $15-an-hour job, according to the report. Hawaii has the "most generous benefit package," following by the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
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