Welfare Spending Reaches Nearly $1 Trillion a Year
Created on October 25, 2012
2011 total: $927 BILLION
Figures for 2011
1964: “War on Poverty” begins
Total Welfare Spending, in 2011 inflation-adjusted dollars
In 2011, the total cost of federal and state means-tested welfare programs was $927 billion, an all-time high. That includes over 80 federal programs but does not include spending on Social Security or Medicare. The amount is 16 times higher than it was in 1964 when the government began the “War on Poverty.”
Source: Heritage Foundation research.