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The Benefits Cliff is Silently Curbing the Workforce

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The unemployment rate in Augusta in steadily dropping, but a dynamic under the surface is barring thousands from even looking for a job.

According to Cal Wray of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, of the approximately 202,000 people in Richmond County, 34,000 are not in the labor force ...

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  1. Or another idea is to give them a ceiling on how much public benefits they can recieve over time,, thereby giving them an incentive to advance in their job to a point of self sufficiency. I mean if the so called “benefits cliff” is creating an incentive to stay in lower paying jobs so they can maximize income from govt programs, just turn it around and limit the govt programs, then they will try to find a better paying job. I’ve said it for years, artificial income creates complacency. Thats my whole issue with forced $15 minimum wages for entry level jobs, if you can earn that much as a cashier, why would you ever want to move up the ladder, but if you know you will never earn that, I bet you start talking to your boss about moving into the next level of your position where you could make $15 or even $20.

  2. I’ve argued for years that there should be no “cliff”, it should be a slope. When they earn the extra dollar, you do not take away a dollar in benefits, you take away $0.10. As their earnings increase, you take more and more until you take it dollar for dollar.

  3. Another great example of the unintended consequences of ill conceived “public assistance”. The slavery of dependence is the greatest blight on our society since 1950. Purposefully intended or not, the chains of the public dole have destroyed millions of lives and will continue to do so until we, as a society, adequately address the root causes of poverty.

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