According to the Cato Institute, welfare benefits payout more than a minimum wage job in at least 35 states! According to Cato, in 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 that they are “entitled” to, their pay would be more than that of a newly college educated teacher (burdened with student loan debt, no doubt) in eleven states, and it would add up to more than the salary of a computer programmer in three states!
The highest welfare payout states pay more than $20 an hour, and they 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.
The Cato study was authored by Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes and it was titled “The Work Versus Welfare Tradeoff, 2013.”
Let’s have one more look at that chart, so you can see where your state stacks up. Are your neighbors in your area getting more money in welfare benefits than you are earning breaking your back day in and day out down at your job?
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