$60K to Sit at Home

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The Cato Institute has done it again. Cato recently came out with a study that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 35 states.  Wait until you hear the amounts some welfare recipients are raking in…

According to the Daily Caller

Welfare recipients in Hawaii get the most benefits, according to Tanner, at $29.13 per hour — or $60,590 pre-tax income annually. However, the state’s minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, according to the Labor Department. Hawaiians on welfare also earn 167 percent of the median salary in the state, which is only $36,275.

The District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Connecticut have the next more generous welfare benefits.

D.C. welfare recipients can earn $24.43 per hour. In Massachusetts they can get $24.30 per hour. In Connecticut welfare recipients can receive $21.33 per hour.

If you live in Hawaii, it’s a simple question for the minimum wage worker: should I work at a  minimum wage of 7.25/hr or get that $60,000 a year? Hmmm, I ‘m going to have to take some time to think about that…

 

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