When Welfare Pays Better Than Work

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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
 
1. 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' ?
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