The Cato Institute released an updated 2016 study showing that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33 American states, and the District of Columbia.
Even worse, welfare pays more than $15 per hour to stay home in 13 states.
According to the study, welfare benefits have increased faster than minimum wage. It’s now more profitable to sit at home and watch TV than it is to earn an honest day’s pay.
Hawaii is the biggest offender, where welfare recipients earn $29.13per hour, or a $60,590 yearly salary 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:
- Hawaii : $60,590
- District of Columbia :$50,820
- Massachusetts : $50,540
- Connecticut : $44,370
- New York : $43,700
- New Jersey : $43,450
- Rhode Island : $43,330
- Vermont : $42,350
- New Hampshire:39,750
- Maryland : $38,160
- California : $37,160
- Oregon : $34,300
- Wyoming : $32,620
- Nevada : $29,820
- Minnesota : $29,350
- Delaware : $29,220
- Washington : $28,840
- North Dakota : $28,830
- Pennsylvania : $28,670
- New Mexico : $27,900
- Montana : $26,930
- South Dakota : $26,610
- Kansas: $26,490
- Michigan : $26,430
- Alaska : $26,400
- Ohio : $26,200
- North Carolina : $25,760
- West Virginia : $24,900
- Alabama : $23,310
- Indiana : $22,900
- Missouri : $22,800
- Oklahoma : $22,480
- Louisiana : $22,250
- South Carolina : $21,910
Hawaii, D.C. and Massachusetts pay more in welfare than the average wage their taxpaying citizens earn there.
Is it any wonder that they stay home rather than look for a job. Time for a drastic change. Americans are not stupid.
Note that California is $18.50 an hour. Are we Nuts or what? How do we undo this type of stupidity
Politicians on the Gravy Train
Now if you think paying the unemployed more than the employed s bad, check out these salaries:
- Salary of retired United States Presidents $180,000 FOR LIFE Salary of House/Senate—$174,000 FOR LIFE.
- Salary of Speaker of the House $223,500 FOR LIFE!
- Salary of Majority/Minority Leader $193,400 FOR LIFE!
NOTE: The average Salary of a teacher—$40,065; Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN—$38,000.
Nancy Pelosi will retire as a Congress Person at $174,000 Dollars a year for LIFE. She will retire as SPEAKER at $223,500 a year Plus she will receive an additional $193,400 a year for when she was Minority Leader, the fact that she has become rich while in office notwithstanding. That’s $803,700 Dollars a year for LIFE including FREE medical which is not available to us, the taxpayers.
She is just one of the hundreds of Senators and Congresspersons that float in and out of Congress every year!
I think we found where the cuts should be made! From the state houses to the White House.
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