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February 22, 2016

It’s been 29 years since the maximum monthly welfare allowance was raised; it remains $424 for a family of three, according to a new report by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a liberal-leaning think tank based in Princeton. Due to inflation, this amount is worth less than half of its 1987 value, and is lowest in the Northeast by far.

Indeed, this is 700 percent less than what the federal Department of Human Services says is necessary to maintain a “decent and healthy standard of living.”

The rate of poverty is 34 percent higher than it was in 2007, according to the report, which it pegs to a $358 million reduction in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund, or WorkFirst NJ, also known as welfare.

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