By Jon Street – One America News, DC Bureau Staff Member
WASHINGTON – A newly published report by the Cato Institute found that government welfare paid more than the average entry-level job in 34 states and the District of Columbia. It also pointed out that government assistance often tops the average income of Americans in the workforce because government benefits are not subject to tax.
Comparisons in the report found that government assistance programs paid more than a $15 per hour job in 34 states and the District of Columbia, It went on to say that programs in 11 states paid more in one year than the average teacher in those states earned after their first year of employment.
In a state-by-state analysis, the report concluded that Hawaii was the most generous, followed by the District of Columbia and Massachusetts while Tennessee, Mississippi and Idaho were among the states that provided the least in benefits.
Former President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform requirements in 1996. The legislation was aimed to move more Americans from welfare to work. Following Cato Institute’s study, conservatives and libertarians have said the study proves what they’ve been arguing for years.