The year 2022 has seen a cost of living crisis engulf the USA. Residents across states are now having to spend more on basic necessities such as food and gas, with their monthly expenses set to increase further as winter rapidly approaches.
Fortunately, residents across medium and low income households have a host of welfare plans they can rely on to ease the increased financial strain on their wallets.
In fact, during his first year of presidency Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act which came into effect on March 2021.
What is the American Rescue Plan Act?
With the country’s economy hobbled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Rescue Plan Act was designed to inject a timely boost to the economy by offering direct payments to US households, and investment into welfare programs such as SNAP, unemployment, Earned Income Tax Credit , and Child Tax Credit.
According to the Census Bureau, spending on welfare has almost tripled over the last two decades, going from 233 billion dollars in 2000 to 743 billion dollars in 2019.
Which state helps the poor the most?
Unsurprisingly, liberal states tend to spend the most on welfare schemes. In fact the top five states that spend the most per capita on welfare are situated on either of the two coasts.
Here are the top five states in America that spend the most on welfare:
5. Rhode Island:
In fifth place we have the state of Rhode Island with a state and local welfare spending per capita of 3,107 dollars.
The state of California is fourth on the list with the Golden State spending roughly 3,403 dollars on local welfare spending per capita.
The state of Massachusetts is third with state and local welfare spending per capita at 3,574 dollars.
Despite its low population density the state of Alaska is second with state and local welfare spending per capita at 3,811 dollars.
1. New York
Coming in first spot is New York with the Empire State spending roughly 4,094 dollars on local welfare spending per capita.