Why Work? One State Will Pay You $122,653 To Stay Home

At a glance

  • In Wyoming, a study says the earned income equivalent for a family with both parents not working and two dependents, including unemployment and ACA benefits, was $79,294 last year.
  • Wyoming ranks 14th among all states, with Washington having the highest at $122,653. Mississippi’s combined benefits for the same size family was the lowest at $37,486.
  • “These ‘safety net programs’ are designed to keep families out of poverty,” the study’s authors wrote.
  • “But the expansion of assistance, especially in subsidized health insurance to families with children and no parents working, can mean that families can earn as much or more income from receiving government assistance than the median household does from working.”

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