March 21, 2023

Not Working Pays Better

“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.”

States and how much you are GIVEN in Welfare benefits to not work

1 Hawaii 41,910
2 District of Columbia 34,368
3 Massachusetts 37,346
4 Connecticut 36,981
5 New Jersey 33,194

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