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Unread 04-03-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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Default How much does each state spend on welfare and food stamps?

I tried looking this up on google but couldn't find much. Does anyone know of a link that tells us this?
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Unread 04-04-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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This is about all I could find. Keep in mind that percentages will vary depending on population of the states and there isn't any dollar amounts listed. Also welfare and food stamps are different topics and state lists would keep them separated for the most part. You might want to search for federal money allocated to states for welfare needs. This would give more information but not a total breakdown.


South Carolina
Percentage of population on food stamps: 18.2 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 7.1%
2010 total state population: 4,625,364

Maine
Percentage of population on food stamps: 18.6 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 8 %
2010 total state population: 1,328,361

West Virginia
Percentage of population on food stamps: 18.7 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 2.4 %
2010 total state population: 1,852,994

Kentucky
Percentage of population on food stamps: 18.8 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 5.9 %
2010 total state population: 4,339,367

Louisiana

Percentage of population on food stamps: 19.2 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 7.5%
2010 total state population: 4,533,372

Michigan

Percentage of population on food stamps: 19.7 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 11.4%
2010 total state population: 9,883,640

New Mexico

Percentage of population on food stamps: 19.8 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 17.9%
2010 total state population: 2,059,179

Tennessee

Percentage of population on food stamps: 19.8 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 17.9%
2010 total state population: 6.2million

Oregon

Percentage of population on food stamps: 20.1 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 9.6%
2010 total state population: 3,831,074

Mississippi

Percentage of population on food stamps: 20.7 percent
Annual change in food stamps from 2010: 8.4%
2010 total state population: 2,967,297

10 States That Rely The Most On Food Stamps: USDA

How States Are Spending Their Welfare Money—Or Not | Dollars & Sense

Many States Cutting TANF Benefits Harshly Despite High Unemployment and Unprecedented Need — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Unread 04-04-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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The numbers are crazy. I've never even seen a food stamp or anyone using them in any stores. I've never even heard anyone mention them out loud before either here or in Iowa. Obviously people use them, but I'm guessing they must be much more used in certain areas of the metro.
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Unread 04-04-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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The numbers are crazy. I've never even seen a food stamp or anyone using them in any stores. I've never even heard anyone mention them out loud before either here or in Iowa. Obviously people use them, but I'm guessing they must be much more used in certain areas of the metro.
Persons who hold food stamp benefits are far from being relegated to certain areas of town, although there certainly will be a concentration in areas that are clearly downtrodden or ghetto. Traditional paper food stamps are no longer used. The monetary credit for food is put on an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card that works just like a debit card, which is part of a national network and can be used in every state, I believe. Look up online what your state's EBT card looks like and then pay attention in the checkout lines, you'll surely see one.

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Unread 04-05-2012, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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I see them all the time here in Duluth, Minnesota. Our poverty rate is twice the state average, and many are in dire need with the current state of the economy.

It's curious how poverty is demonized on these forums. Most here have probably not been poor, or come from a poor background.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: New England
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It's curious how poverty is demonized on these forums. Most here have probably not been poor, or come from a poor background.
Then again, some of us have and don't believe the government is the solution, and that feeding people instead of making them self reliant is the wrong approach...again, some of us who grew up poor and pulled out might think that.

This is the land of opportunity, not guarantees. You have to work for it, not just show up with your hand out.
I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
― Benjamin Franklin
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Then again, some of us have and don't believe the government is the solution, and that feeding people instead of making them self reliant is the wrong approach...again, some of us who grew up poor and pulled out might think that.

This is the land of opportunity, not guarantees. You have to work for it, not just show up with your hand out.
I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
― Benjamin Franklin
For people who CAN work, I agree that the solution is to lead them to self sufficiency. On the other hand, for the sick, old and young we have to do what we can to help them.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: New England
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For people who CAN work, I agree that the solution is to lead them to self sufficiency. On the other hand, for the sick, old and young we have to do what we can to help them.
Of course.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Of course.
it's this last bit that a lot of people seem to forget, especially at P&OC.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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Then again, some of us have and don't believe the government is the solution, and that feeding people instead of making them self reliant is the wrong approach...again, some of us who grew up poor and pulled out might think that.

This is the land of opportunity, not guarantees. You have to work for it, not just show up with your hand out.
I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
― Benjamin Franklin
I agree, but sometimes people need a hand. Not everybody can lift themselves up unaided.
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