Thursday, October 6, 2011

Almost half of American households receive government benefits

Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year.

Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008.

The share of people relying on government benefits has reached a historic high, in large part from the deep recession and meager recovery, but also because of the expansion of government programs over the years.

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High unemployment and increased reliance on government programs has also shrunk the nation’s share of taxpayers. Some 46.4% of households will pay no federal income tax this year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. That’s up from 39.9% in 2007, the year the recession began.
There is a great historical interactive historical timeline HERE.

The full story is HERE.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The more people become dependent on government benefits, the more difficult it will be to wean them off of them. We need to start the process of weaning Americans away from the perceived "free" benefits! Keep the House, turnover the Senate, and the White House to Republicans in 2012. Go Mitt!