Cost of welfare benefits skyrockets during pandemic

Increased eligibility, need drive spending increases

USE OF VARIOUS welfare assistance programs skyrocketed amid the pandemic, particularly as federal unemployment benefits dried up, according to new data provided by the Department of Transitional Assistance. The higher spending is also driven by state policymakers’ decisions to increase the level of assistance that is available.   Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Amy Kershaw said(...)

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