Funny how you conservatives love to try and pick on California. We must really get under your skin.
It's probably because we have the worlds 8th largest economy and dang it no matter how they pray we just won't fail like they want us to. So you might as well go pick on Hawaii or New York.
The highest rates of homelessness among states are in Hawaii (465 per 100,000), followed by New York (399) and California (367).
California was one of 19 states to raise the minimum wage in 2017. It currently resides at $10.50 and will increase until it reaches $15 in 2022. Much to the chagrin of other low-wage fully employed workers, residents who are on welfare in this Western state see a $7.37 hourly difference between welfare and minimum wage payouts.
Total welfare benefits package: $35,287
Pre-tax wage equivalent: $37,160
Hourly wage equivalent: $17.87
State hourly minimum wage for 2017: $10.50
New York's minimum wage varies across the state, depending on geographic location and employer size. Residents in New York City can earn a minimum wage as high as $13, where others only earn $9.70 per hour. Regardless, welfare recipients in the state could earn $11.31 more than minimum-wage workers.
Total welfare benefits package: $38,004
Pre-tax wage equivalent: $43,700
Hourly wage equivalent: $21.01
State hourly minimum wage for 2017: $9.70
The biggest discrepancy between welfare and minimum-wage payouts is seen in Hawaii with an astonishing gap of $19.88. Not only do residents receive nearly $50,000 in welfare aid, the hourly equivalent is comparable to the national median salary of an electrical engineering technician. But it's best to note that the high cost of living in this state could distort the data. Regardless, such a high discrepancy between working and welfare is pretty hard to dismiss.
Total welfare benefits package: $49,175
Pre-tax wage equivalent: $60,590
Hourly wage equivalent: $29.13
State hourly minimum wage for 2017: $9.25