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The Full Cost of Means-Tested Welfare to the Poor

Means-tested welfare is likely to equal or exceed $10.3 trillion over the next decade. Much of this spending will be financed by massive government deficits, placing financial burdens on future generations. Read More.

Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

Child poverty is an ongoing national concern, but few are aware that its principal cause is the absence of married fathers in the home. Read More.

Marriage Book of Charts

Marriage: America's greatest weapon against child poverty. A Heritage Foundation book of charts. Read More.

The Unsustainable Growth of Welfare

Despite spending almost $16 trillion since the War on Poverty began in 1964, welfare programs have failed to reduce the causes of poverty, and instead have hurt many of the people they were intended to help. Read More.

Welfare Reform The Next Steps

Congress should require the President’s annual budget to detail current and future aggregate federal means-tested welfare spending. The budget should also provide estimates of state contributions to federal welfare programs. Read More.

Decades of increased federal welfare spending has failed to effectively help the poor. Getting welfare spending under control and promoting personal responsibility through work are necessary steps to reforming welfare and truly assisting those in need.


Experts on Welfare Spending