Hawaii Cuts Welfare Spending & Other States Should, Too

jar of small changeThe United States spends too much money. Period. Not just the federal government, but the states within the union, too. California has a $500 billion pension liability. Until recently, Michigan was spending $75 million annually on food stamps for college students. New Jersey gave away $30 million in unjustified bonuses to turnpike workers.

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Politicians can whine all they want about revenue problems, but the truth is that there’s more than enough money in the system for the government to function. What Uncle Sam has is a spending problem. The Tea Party movement has been saying it for close to three years now, and maybe, just maybe, government officials are starting to listen. 

As mentioned earlier, the food stamp program for college kids was shut down in Michigan. Sorry, undergrads, you’ll have to suffice on Top Ramen or take a semester off to work and save money. Life is rough, but this is what we call first world problems.

Even Hawaii, the biggest welfare state in the nation, is cutting back on some of its spending. According to Department of Human Services spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld, the state has decided to cut $5.4 million by eliminating programs that help welfare recipients get jobs. 

From the Associated Press:

The programs offered stipends to qualifying families who had finished receiving the maximum five years of welfare benefits. Other programs also provided funds to people who left welfare receiving benefits for two years.

So, the program was to help welfare recipients find jobs by extending welfare benefits past five years? No wonder people are fed up with how the government spends our money. Five years is more than enough time to find work.

Do you think your state should cut welfare spending?


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