Picturing Policy

Summer 2018 Insider

Picturing Policy

How Generous Is the Welfare State?

Aug 13, 2018 1 min read

The resources available to a single mother of two2018_Summer_PicturePolicyNoHead.jpeg

Figures are for 2015. In this scenario, the mother has two school-age children, lives in a Medicaid expansion state, and receives Section 8 vouchers for a three-bedroom apartment.

Calculations by Robert Rector and Vijay Menon from “Understanding the Hidden $1.1 Trillion Welfare System and How to Reform It,” Backgrounder 3294, The Heritage Foundation, April 5, 2018.