In New Jersey, Welfare Exceeds Minimum Wage

By Matt Rooney, SaveJersey.com

minimum wageSave Jersey bloggers have spent a lot of time discussing how a minimum wage hike will kill jobs if this fall’s ballot question passes.

What we haven’t discussed at-length is one of the terrible ironies of Big Government’s central planning in New Jersey: many welfare beneficiaries are already receiving significantly more money than they would working for the minimum wage after this proposed increase!

The libertarian CATO Institute released the results of an eye-opening new study this week that found welfare benefits in 35 U.S. states are actually worth more than a minimum wage job. You can click here to read the full report.

Specifically, in our own state of New Jersey, the full government welfare package (TANF, SNAP, housing assistance, Medicaid, etc) is worth $38,782 annually. That works out to roughly $18.62 per hour.

In case you’ve forgotten, Save Jerseyans, New Jersey’s current minimum wage is $7.25, so someone working a 40 hour per week job is earning only $15,080 annually. President Obama previously pitched a $9 federal minimum wage and Cory Booker wants $10.10 per hour. This November, New Jerseyans will vote on a comparatively modest bump (to $8.25 an hour) and, less modestly, whether to constitutionally tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

I’m trying to understand how liberal logic rationalizes this economic incongruity.

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Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Economy | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “In New Jersey, Welfare Exceeds Minimum Wage”

  1. Remember when? said at 11:24 am on August 22nd, 2013:


  2. Mike Harmon said at 5:25 pm on August 22nd, 2013:

    Recently doing some work in Patterson and went to a mid-eastern Halal deli for lunch where strapping young construction workers with decent vans, trucks and cell phones paid for their lunches at the counter with food stamp EBT cards.

    They paid cash for cigarettes probably from their cash jobs (to avoid taxes and be eligible for food stamps, welfare and Mt Laurel housing).

    We are nuts.

  3. Joe Centonzi said at 5:29 pm on August 22nd, 2013:

    “We are nuts.”

    Correction: We are doomed.