FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Cato Institute in Washington D.C. released a study on Monday showing that in 33 states, welfare benefits are paying out more than entry level jobs earning minimum wage.
In the state of Indiana, the study reveals welfare recipients are making $26,891 this year. People working minimum wage jobs are bringing in $22,900 before taxes are taken out.
"It's hard to pay them $8, $9, $10 an hour just starting out to do that," said Cheryl Wallace, a Dairy Queen manager in Fort Wayne. "You got to make ends meet."
This is a follow up study from 1995. It shows there's a $913 increase in welfare benefits between 1995 and 2013. Over in Ohio, there was a welfare benefit increase of $3,714. Wallace said if welfare benefits are paying more than an entry level job, there are no incentives for people to start looking for work.
"If we're offering more for them to stay home, that's what a lot of them are going to do," she said.
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