Arizona Budget Cuts Include Limiting Welfare Benefits


On Monday I posted an article in which I asked the question: How Much Longer Can US Afford To Be a Welfare Nation? In that post I shared the welfare is costing over half a trillion dollars a year and that figures grows more and more every year and that we as a nation can’t afford to continue the welfare trend.

Many of Barack Obama’s economic and employment policies have forced millions of Americans to accept some form of welfare. Since ascending to his throne six years ago, most reports state that approximately 1 of every 4 Americans receive some form of welfare from state and federal programs.

Facing rising costs of welfare and a $1 billion budget deficit, the Republican controlled legislature has taken action to cut the budgets for a number of state programs and agencies in order to meet Gov. Doug Ducey’s mandate of no tax increases. In one of their budget cuts, they decided to take the hardest line of any state in reducing how much they will pay out in welfare benefits. They placed a 12 month limit on the lifetime benefits for a family to receive welfare, making Arizona the state with the shortest lifetime limit in the nation.

Texas also has a 12 month limit for adults, but they also have a tiered system to allow children to continue to draw welfare after the parents have been cut. A total of thirteen states have limits of 24 months or less, but the majority of states have a five year limit of receiving welfare.

Nearly 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin warned us how government welfare to the poor generally makes them poorer and less likely to become contributing citizens. Evidently State Sen. Kelli Ward (R – District 5) agrees with Franklin as she defended the drastic actions of the legislature, saying:

“I tell my kids all the time that the decisions we make have rewards or consequences, and if I don’t ever let them face those consequences they can’t get back on the path to rewards. As a society we are encouraging people at times to make poor decisions and then we reward them.”

As a result of the new lifetime limits, a minimum of 1,600 families will be dropped from the welfare rolls at the end of June, affecting over 2,700 children. In the long run, nearly 300,000 Arizonans will lose their welfare benefits sooner than they expected. The report didn’t give any details about the demographics of those affected, but having lived in Arizona for many years I can assure you that a significant number of them are Hispanic illegals.

Anytime politicians act responsibly and try to cut spending and live within their financial means, the liberals come out screaming. They are more interested in bleeding the American taxpayer and making more people slaves to their socialistic government than they are in doing the right and responsible thing. Other state legislatures and our federal legislature need to take an example from the Arizona legislature and start making difficult budget cuts and learn to live within their means just like you and I have to do.

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