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Public Aid

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, in 2000 the two major categories of public cash benefit payments paid out about $50 billion. Family assistance payments (primarily AFDC/TANF, not including Medicaid) totaled $18.3 billion, while $31.7 billion was paid out for SSI. Spending for SSI increased by 90 percent between 1990 and 2000. Much of this growth reflects the increase in the number of retired Americans, many of whom need Supplemental Security Income in order to live. By contrast, expenditures for family assistance declined by 4.7 percent during the same period. (See Table 1.4.)

Table 1.5 uses fiscal year 2000 dollars to compare how federal funds have been divided among various types of income-tested benefits from 1968 through 2000. (See Table 1.5.)

State Expenditures for Social Welfare

The National Association of State Budget Officers observed in the 2000 State Expenditure Report (Washington, DC, 2001), "Medicaid expenditures have escalated and are...

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