Welfare migrants add to Minnesota's rolls
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Examines the financial effect of welfare recipients entering and leaving Minnesota
Date: June 9, 1994
Subject(s): Demography; Government spending; Migration; Public welfare; Poverty
Creator(s): Minnesota Planning (Agency). Office of the State Demographer
Contributor: Tom Gillaspy
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency)
Alternative resource record formats: XML | MARC record (for inclusion in library catalogs)
Examines census 1990 data and finds that almost twice as many welfare recipients moved to Minnesota as left, census data shows for the first time.
A total of 362,500 people moved to Minnesota between 1985 and 1990, of which 4 percent of 14,300 were welfare migrants. At the same time, 6,600 welfare recipients moved out of Minnesota, leaving the state with an added 7,700 welfare migrants.
Contrary to the stereotype, about 40 percent of incoming welfare migrants had education beyond high school and about one-fourth were born in Minnesota.
The additional 7,700 welfare migrants cost taxpayers about $38 million, of which the state paid $17 million and the federal government paid $21 million. Welfare migrants represent about 8 percent of the state's share of public assistance.
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