35 states that pay more in welfare than minimum wage

Published: Monday, Aug. 26 2013 1:40 a.m. MDT

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Minimum wage: $5.15

Total value of welfare benefits: $33,119

The least most populous state in the union, Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state on July 10, 1890.
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Woulda been nice to have the list included in the main article, instead of yet- another *click*-next thing.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

In other words, business that aren't paying a living wage are being subsidized by the state. What looks like welfare for poor people is really welfare for businesses, many of which turn massive profits but take advantage of government welfare laws to pay their employees dirt cheap wages knowing that the state will step in to provide health care, food stamps, and housing assistance.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

It is too bad KC that business has to make a profit. It is such an awful thing. Welfare takes money away from private enterprise. Under Mr. Obama we have had a 1% growth for 4 years and the lame stream media plays it off as a successful economy. The current policies are not working very well. We need less regulation, lower taxes with a simpler structure, fewer govt workers and the ones remaining at lower wages more comparable to the private sector and same for their pensions. We need a legal system that is more efficient and less expensive.

Salt Lake City, UT

That's list could easily have been titled, "35 States that vote democrat." We need a better incentive for work. One like in the old days when our country was being built. One like, "If you don't work, you don't eat." Our forefathers would be ashamed of the mess we have made of this great land.


Totally agree with Pipes, have those people work and receive assistance only it they work at least 30 hrs. a week. Also limit the amount of assistance and mandate them to pay taxes instead of working for cash and not reporting anything. Assitance for the hard working people and denied assitance for the lazy and the irresponsible ones that keep having children eventhough do not have means to provide for them.

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