Hat-tip Sam Slom of Smart Business Hawaii:
Hawaii now spends more on welfare & subsidies than it does on public education!
Hawaii is number one nationally in providing generous welfare benefits by a wide margin. As predicted years ago, Hawaii now spends more on welfare ($2.75 BILLION annually) and subsidies than it does on public education. That’s not right. A mother of two children, ages 1 and 4, in Hawaii receives nearly $49,000 in welfare benefits, and it is tax free. The rest of us would need to have a job that paid $60,000 a year to get the equivalent salary.
According to the Cato Institute the federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted towards low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. Of course not, no individual or family gets benefits from all 72 programs, but many do get aid from a number of them at any point in time. And the federal government goes out of its way to make sure anyone on any federal program knows what other programs are available to them.
Looking at benefits paid to a family of 3 (single mother, 2 children) receiving benefits in New York including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, public housing, utility assistance and free commodities (like milk and cheese) would have a package of benefits worth $38,004, the seventh-highest in the nation. Okay, doesn’t sound so excessive, but remember this income is tax-free. A wage-earner in New York would need to earn $21/hour to be better off than they would be on welfare.
The Cato study found that the wage-equivalent value of benefits for a mother and two children ranged from a high of $60,590 in Hawaii to a low of $11,150 in Idaho. In 33 states and the District of Columbia, welfare pays more than an $8-an-hour job. In 12 states and DC, the welfare package is more generous than a $15-an-hour job.
There are certainly people who need and deserve a hand up. I met one at the airport yesterday -a single father who had been hit by a drunk driver over 2 months ago, wiping out half of his foot. He can’t work and still faces multiple surgeries. Our veterans could be treated better and quicker if the federal government did not squander funds on keeping able-bodied people dependent on government hand-outs. If you pay people more not to work than they can earn by working, many will choose not to work.
But oh, I forgot Obama promises not to stop working on job creation from now till the end of his term -killing them through regulations, taxes, Obamacare subsidies to Congress, waivers to the IRS, union buddies and big donors. Just ask the Missouri State rodeo clown.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)