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Does Welfare Pay More Than Working for Minimum Wage in Mass.?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Even though it’s just meant to be temporary, Angela Jones can understand why someone receiving welfare, would be tempted to stay on it.

“I used to be on public assistance. It helped out when I needed it, but you’ve got a point. I mean, I don’t make much, but when I was on public assistance I made more, but I feel better now, because I’m working. I work for my money!” Jones says.

A new study by the Cato Institute suggests that Massachusetts is one of 35 states where it pays more to be on welfare, than it does to work an entry level job for minimum wage.

They estimated the value of a welfare package including getting assistance from programs like WIC and SNAP, would average out to be worth more than $50,000 dollars a year.

Broken down to an hourly rate, it comes out to $24.30 an hour.

The state’s minimum wage is $8.00.

“I think that’s really sad if that’s true. I think that if people are trying to make a living that should be rewarded somehow,” said Sarah Holland.

The study claims that because money and benefits received from public assistance are not taxed, they far outweigh the taxed take home earnings of someone in an entry-level job.

In fact, some local politicians are aware of the problem that this could present, and suggest that things like audits might help alleviate it.

“When we did our audit of both Mass. Health and the Department of Transitional Assistance, we found that they weren’t using all the resources to screen out all the residents who could be committing fraud, so my focus is on system integrity,” State Auditor Suzanne Bump stated.

“The biggest problem is minimum wage. It’s really a poverty wage. There’s really little incentive from anyone getting assist. From the state to say, ‘Well, now, I’m going to drop this total, my kids aren’t going to eat, but, I’m going to get a job for $8 an hour,’” adds State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera

The study also suggests that in order to reduce welfare dependence congress should strengthen welfare work requirements, and remove exemptions, which might help reduce the gap.

Massachusetts ranked third in the country. It’s topped only by Washington D.C., whose welfare package totals nearly $51,000, and Hawaii’s, which totals more than $60,000.

Connecticut ranks number 4 at $44,000.


  • dontcrankmeoff

    To all you douchebags above, TOUGH Sh**! You idiots need to get a life, and stop reading lies like this. THERE ARE TERM LIMITS ON WELFARE, NOBODY “STAYS ON IT” FOR MORE THAN THOSE LIMITS, AND THIS NEWSPAPER IS EITHER BIGGER IDIOTS THAN YOU ARE FOR PRINTING TOTAL LIES AND INACCURACIES. THIS IS ANOTHER FOX NEWS TYPE ATTACK ON THE POOR. YOU IMBECILES FOLLOW IN LINE LIKE THE IGNORANT LITTLE SHEEP YOU ARE.

  • IvieRod

    Great! Way to go Massachusetts. You’ve made the top of yet another great list. You’ve outdone yourself this time. Number three on the “best welfare benefits”! Now you’ll have more people moving over here for the “benefits”. How about some help with those dreadful student loans??? You got enough in your budget for that???

  • sunni

    That is very sad n yes people on welfare r living better then everybody else they get everything for free while working parents have to eat ramin noodles all week

  • 50slowone

    Well by the sound of it (Dontcrankmeup) doesn’t have a job, doesn’t work,doesn’t pay for food or medical. I guess I would say hmm

  • doggone

    Keep voting for those dems and you’ll never see the end of this. It’s how they get their votes.