The USA is currently experiencing a crisis with rising costs of living. Due to rising costs for necessities like food and gas, residents in all 50 states must now spend more on these costs each month, and as winter draws nearer, this trend is expected to continue.
A variety of welfare programmes are fortunately available to residents of medium- and low-income households so they can lessen the increased strain on their budgets.
The American Rescue Plan Act was actually signed by Joe Biden during his first year in office and went into effect in March 2021.
The American Rescue Plan Act: What is it?
The COVID-19 pandemic had crippled the nation’s economy, so the American Rescue Plan Act was created to give it a much-needed boost by providing direct payments to American households and funding for welfare programmes like SNAP, unemployment, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit.
The Census Bureau reports that welfare spending has nearly tripled over the past 20 years, rising from 233 billion dollars in 2000 to 743 billion dollars in 2019.
Which state provides the most aid to the poor?
It should come as no surprise that liberal states typically spend more on welfare programmes. In fact, the top five states with the most welfare spending per resident are either on one of the two coastlines.
5. Rhode Island
Rhode Island, which spends 3,107 dollars on welfare per person on a state and local level, comes in fifth.
Fourth on the list is the state of California, which spends about $3,403 per resident on local welfare.
The third-highest state in terms of per-capita spending on state and local welfare is Massachusetts, with $3,574.
With state and municipal welfare spending per person at $3,811, Alaska, despite having a low population density, comes in second.
With an estimated 4,094 dollars spent on local welfare per person, New York takes the top rank.