On Labor Day 2013, Welfare Pays More Than Minimum-Wage Work In 35 States

No wonder people don’t want to take a min wage job… it is a better deal to be on welfare! It may seem better for their pocket books… but I think it does a dis-service to their minds and their dignity! 

Since 2009, the Fair Labor Standards Act has dictated that the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Some people think that’s too low; others think it’s too high. But it turns out that, in 35 states, it’s a better deal not to work—and instead, to take advantage of federal welfare programs—than to take a minimum-wage job. That’s the takeaway from a new study published by Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes of the Cato Institute.

“The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work,” Tanner and Hughes write in their new paper. “Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after accounting for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” which offers extra subsidies to low-income workers who take work. “In 13 states [welfare] pays more than $15 per hour.”

via On Labor Day 2013, Welfare Pays More Than Minimum-Wage Work In 35 States – Forbes.