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Welfare Spending Reaches Nearly $1 Trillion a Year

Created on October 25, 2012

Welfare Spending Reaches Nearly $1 Trillion a Year

2011 total: $927 BILLION

Figures for 2011

Cash $182 billion

Other $114 billion

Food aid $109 billion

1964: “War on Poverty” begins

Housing aid $63 billion

Medical care $459 billion

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.

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