nce in terms of food stamps, wic, chip (healthcare for children), housing assistance, in some cases utility assistance. This is based on their income.
Take food stamps alone. At min. Wage they receive aprox 400.00 a month in food stamps. At 10.10 an hour their food stamp amount is cut to aprox. 200.00 a month. Housing allowance is cut by aprox. 300.00 a month. They no longer qualify for utility assistance and may not qualify for other assistance. Do the math. The raise of 3.00 an hour ( using round numbers) is 120.00 a week roughly 500. And change. They lose aprox 500. A month and in most cases more in terms of assistance they receive so in many cases they are worse off than they were at min. Wage. I just worked this problem with a young lady who is trying to better herself by getting a better job. Although she would like to be off welfare she turned down a better job because she would lose over 200.00 a month and couldn't make ends meet.
I think these people protesting are in for a shock if they get what they want. It seems to me to be a somewhat clever way for the gov. To say they have raised the minimum wage and reduced the welfare rolls. The stats will prove that is the case but I think in many cases the people who get that raise are going to wake up still trapped in poverty.
Unless of course they decide to stay in school, quit having two or three kids with different baby daddies or fathering four or five kids they can't or won't support.
The only answer I can see now that we have created three generations of welfare receipants is to start gov. Programs where everybody drawing gov. Assistance works in programs where they can receive training in a trade while they are receiving assistance. We did it with the CCC and WTPA after the depression. Got lots of infrastructure built, instilled some knowledge and pride in people because they worked for their money. They learned how to weld, operate heavy equipment, do payroll and keep a set of books then went into the private sector with marketable skills.
When we start paying people more than what a job is worth they don't learn anything, won't be better off and won't have any more marketable skills. We will however, shift the cost of welfare to the employer who may replace the unskilled worker with technology or be able to hire someone with more education and skill than what they get for min. Wage now. The unintended consequences of paying people based on what it takes them to support a family rather than paying them for what they can do may be shocking to those who need it the most.…
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