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Feds Spend $9.5b to Aid Low-Income, Displaced Jobless

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 02:22 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Each year, the federal government spends $9.5 billion on a public workforce system designed to help low-income and displaced workers find jobs. While that sounds like a big number, a new report cites it as evidence that federal programs benefit affluent Americans more than the working class.

David Brooks of The New York Times summarized the tone of the report like this: “Government has welfare programs to serve the poor and they have programs like 529 savings accounts to subsidize the rich. But there’s very little for families making, say, $50,000 a year."

The report — "Work, skills, community: Restoring opportunity for the working class" —claims, "The government programs that address working-class problems are paltry and often all but invisible to the people they’re intended to help." It adds that "the working class is angry—for good reason."

Put together by a unique partnership between Opportunity America, the Brookings Institution, and the American Enterprise Institute, the report provides some startling comparisons. While spending less than $10 billion on a jobs program helping working-class Americans, the federal government spends more than $100 billion annually on federal financial aid for college students.

That program primarily benefits middle- and upper-middle-class families.

The report defines the working class as "people with at least a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree living in households between the 20th and 50th income percentiles — roughly $30,000 to $69,000 a year for a household with two adults and one child. We include Americans of all races and ethnicities.

"A laid-off factory worker in Ohio or a Latina housekeeper in Los Angeles: when we look out across blue-collar America, we see more similarities than differences."

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Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is the author of "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," "In Search of Self-Governance," and "The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt." Read more reports from Scott Rasmussen — Click Here Now.

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