This isn’t right for taxpayers … or for the poor.
Do you agree?
A study compared the welfare benefits provided by each state with the wages one would need to earn in each state to have an equivalent take-home income.
The results were shocking…
For a single mother with 2 children, the welfare benefits were more than:
- The average first-year gross wages for a teacher in 11 states
- The starting wage for a secretary in 39 states
The hourly value of welfare benefits in each state compared to the hourly state-mandated minimum wage is also shocking.
Of the 47 states that have minimum-wage laws, 34 pay out more in welfare benefits – on an hourly basis – than they do to full-time minimum-wage workers.
These 34 states were ranked according to the gap between the hourly minimum wage and the hourly value of welfare benefits. Here are the top 10 wage gaps:
- Hawaii – $19.88
- Massachusetts – $13.30
- New Jersey – $12.45
- Washington, D.C. – $11.93
- New Hampshire – $11.86
- New York – $11.31
- Connecticut – $11.23
- Rhode Island – $11.23
- Wyoming – $10.53
- Vermont – $10.36
Here are some of the details of the wage gaps for Hawaii, Massachusetts and California…
- Total welfare benefits package: $49,175
- Pre-tax wage equivalent: $60,590
- Hourly wage equivalent: $29.13/hr
- State hourly 2017 minimum wage: $9.25/hr
The $29.13 hourly welfare rate is comparable to the hourly equivalent of the national median salary of an electrical engineering technician.
- Total welfare benefits package: $42,515
- Pre-tax wage equivalent: $50,540
- Hourly wage equivalent: $24.30/hr
- State hourly 2017 minimum wage: $11/hr
- Total welfare benefits package: $35,287
- Pre-tax wage equivalent: $37,160
- Hourly wage equivalent: $17.87/hr
- State hourly 2017 minimum wage: $10.50/hr
California was one of 19 states to raise its minimum wage in 2017. The minimum wage will continue to rise until it reaches $15/hr in 2022.
But even at $15/hr, full-time workers will be earning less than those on welfare will be receiving for doing nothing.
This is what traps the poor in a vicious cycle of poverty…
It robs the welfare recipient of upward mobility … and incentive.
It creates welfare slavery … perhaps for life.
It’s time to stop this madness.
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