Social welfare programs examples
But the main point that Steuerle emphasizes is in the overall hump shape of the curves: that is more support for those at lower incomes, and then declining support as income rises. This pattern makes perfect sense: more fish for those with very low incomes, less fish as people learn to fish and bring in their own income. But it also means that those with low incomes face what economists call a "negative income tax."
A "positive" income tax is the usual tax in which, as you earn additional income, the government taxes a percentage. A "negative" income tax arises when, as you earn additional income, the government phases out benefits it would otherwise have provided. Both kinds of taxes have the same result on incentives: when you earn an additional marginal dollar of income, you take home less than a dollar after taxes. When social programs phase out quickly as income rises, then a situation can arise where earning an additional dollar of income means losing 50 cents or more in benefits-thus greatly reducing the incentives to work.
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What is our Country spending On Welfare?
A report recently released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) entitled Spending for Federal Benefits and Services for People with Low Income identified 83 overlapped federal welfare programs that together represented the single largest budgetmore than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense.
The total amount spent is $1.03 Trillion annually.
The CRS Findings "estimates that exclusively federal spending on these federal programs equaled approximately $746 billion, and further emphasizes that there is a substantial amount of state spendingmostly required as a condition of states participationon these same federal programs (primarily Medicaid and CHIP)"
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