Cash Grants instead of Welfare?

Posted by Terrence Isert, January 4, 2017

Is there a more efficient safety net delivery channel than the current welfare state in the US. A recent article by Richard Barlow of Cognescenti argues for just such a model. He cites the effectiveness of Brazilian model however there are tradeoffs. The US is not Brazil. One study calculates current welfare packages that include state and federal aid that provide a median of $29,000 in benefits compared to the $10,000 in cash per person that the author proposes. Is this a feasible fix or a voucher system in disguise?