Indiana: Welfare Benefits Pay More Than Avg. Entry-Level Job

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Indiana: Welfare Benefits Pay More Than Avg. Entry-Level Job

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM EDT

INDIANA (21Alive) -- According to a report that came out Monday from the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, in Indiana a typical welfare benefit recipient will receive $26,891, where the average annual wage for an entry-level job is $22,900 before taxes.

The report, "The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013 An Analysis of the Total Level of Welfare Benefits by State" is by Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes and is a follow up to a study done in 1995.

Because not all recipients take part in every benefit they are entitled to, the estimates are based on a family participating in approximately seven of the 126 federal anti-poverty programs, according to The Wall Street Journal. Those programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Women, Infants and Children program, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and receiving help on housing and utilities.

The report found that in 11 states a person on welfare takes home more than the average pretax first-year wage for a teacher in those states. In 39 states it pays more than a secretary's starting wage and in three states it pays more than an entry-level computer programmer.

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