While we always remain apolitical, we have to admit this is an eye-popping statistic.
According to this article, there are 35 states in which receiving welfare and other government assistance pays more than working a full-time minimum wage job. The 2013 Cato Institute report found 13 states where welfare pays more than $15 an hour. From the piece:
“The study found that the assistance — defined in the study as including government benefits such as food stamps, housing assistance and other programs — pays more than a first-year teacher’s salary in 11 states, the starting salary for a secretary in 39 states and an entry-level job as a computer programmer in three states.”