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One in Five Rhode Islanders on Public Assistance ^ | October 25, 2012 | Stephen Beale, GoLocalProv News Contributor

Posted on 10/26/2012 9:08:34 AM PDT by moonshinner_09

At least one fifth of Rhode Islanders receive some form of public assistance, including housing, health care, food stamps, and cash assistance, according to figures collected from several state departments and federal agencies by GoLocalProv.

Welfare, strictly defined as direct cash payments, benefits a small slice of the population, about 22,000 individuals. But when all forms of public assistance are included, the number balloons to at least two hundred thousand.

By far, the largest public assistance program is Rhode Island Medicaid, with 199,199 eligible residents in August 2012 and $1.6 billion budgeted for medical benefits in the current fiscal year.

Other key programs include:

■ Food Stamps: As of last August, 175,000 Rhode Islanders were on food stamps, technically known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Total cost of benefits paid out: $24 million.

■ State Medicaid: The main state Medicaid program, RIte Care, had a core enrollment of 117,000 as of August and an expected cost of $595 million this year.

■ Social Security SSI: Unlike retirement and disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income is a function of need, rather than contributions by beneficiaries, and is paid out of general revenues, rather than the Social Security Trust Fund. As of December 2011, 32,000 Rhode Islanders were on Social Security SSI at an estimated annual cost of $205 million.

■ Public Housing: About 20,000 local families received some form of public housing assistance in 2012, at a total cost of $123 million, according to figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In all, the total estimated annual cost of public assistance in Rhode Island is currently $2.3 billion. (See below table for more information.)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: businesseconomy; culturesociety; immigration; rhodeisland
I do remember back in 2011 Rhode Island gave in-state tuition to illegals, I wonder what is the % of illegals enrolled in these programs viva children born U.S. This would be a great question to ask Obama, if One in Five Rhode Islanders are on Public Assistance, is this a sign Obama of how Obama's forward is bringing hope and change to Rhode Island ?
1 posted on 10/26/2012 9:08:35 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

RI state motto:



2 posted on 10/26/2012 9:13:01 AM PDT by relictele
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To: moonshinner_09

The entirety of this country is inundated with these illegals. They infest us on a scale only cockroaches could envy. Rhode Island sees the effect more because it has full invested its life, liberty and reason in a liberal dogma that sees only minimal Electoral Votes. A small population, largely small liberal minds, and a forecast of nothing but despair, peppered throughout their landscape with illegal Mexicans...Good Luck with that !

3 posted on 10/26/2012 9:21:47 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: moonshinner_09

1) Insanely high tax rates
2) Insanely high cost of living
3) Terrible job market
4) Unions
5) High immigration
6) Democrat leadership

Not in any particular order.

When I lived there, I rented a house and paid close to $1500 a month JUST in rent. This was a 3 bedroom house on a postage-stamp sized yard.

Glad I moved south when I did!

4 posted on 10/26/2012 9:22:19 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.")
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To: relictele

So we can assume that they will be voting for mitt this time around? he he he he he he .............dependency loves company a democratic agenda to win the WH

5 posted on 10/27/2012 3:28:58 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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