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  • Trillion Dollar Welfare Nation Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:00 PM ET
    Trillion Dollar Welfare Nation

    CNBC Contributor Robert Costa weighs in on the Romney Camp's efforts in Florida today; and a CRS report says the Federal and State Governments combined have spent almost $1.03 trillion on welfare, with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum president, and CNBC Contributor Jared Bernstein.

  • Public Sector Beats Osborne’s Pay Freeze Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 3:09 AM ET
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    Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers have received pay increases despite George Osborne’s “pay freeze,” announced in mid-2010, the Financial Times reports.

  • More Abandoned Children as Europe Austerity Wears On Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 10:20 AM ET
    A doll is used to demonstrate a "baby hatch" in Hamburg, Germany, in this 2000 file photo.

    As the euro zone debt crisis deepens and austerity measures take their toll across Europe, the number of young children and babies abandoned across the region has increased, according to local charities.

  • Austerity Reaches the Hollande Government in France Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 2:40 AM ET
    U.S. President Barack Obama meets with newly elected French president Francois Hollande (L) in the Oval Office on May 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.

    With his first Bastille Day approaching on Saturday, François Hollande and his government have had a good start to his presidency, impressing the French with a down-to-earth style, the New York Times reports.

  • Osborne Battle Over £10 Billion Welfare Cut Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 6:36 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Plans by the chancellor to take £10 billion a year, or almost £1 in £20, out of the welfare budget are being openly resisted by the department for work and pensions in the first sign of government infighting over the coming spending round.

  • 'True Revolution' Ahead for US Fiscal Future: Greenspan Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 5:35 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    The United States faces a "true revolution" in the choices it will have to make to secure its fiscal future now that the welfare state has run up against a "brick wall of economic reality", former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Wednesday.

  • Welfare Reform Targets Workers’ Hours Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 3:49 AM ET
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    Workers claiming state help with childcare and housing costs will be expected to seek longer hours, or risk sanctions that could include loss of benefits or a requirement to undergo training, in a radical shift in Britain’s welfare system, the Financial Times reports.

  • UK Government Backpedals on Welfare Cuts Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 12:56 AM ET
    David Cameron

    Britain’s ruling coalition is to modify its plan for a rigid £26,000 annual cap ($42,190) on the total benefits that can be claimed by any household, amid fears it could force thousands of poor families out of their homes in London, the FT reports.

  • The Biggest US Welfare States Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 12:51 PM ET
    As the recession grinds on and people run out of unemployment benefits, the last safety net is the government's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Though benefits vary by state, TANF provides a maximum of 60 months of coverage throughout a recipient's lifetime.To get an idea of which states pay out the most welfare checks, the  (NCSL) surveyed state governments. Using the most current information, NCSL then compared the total number of recipients of TANF to the overall state

    To get an idea of which states pay out the most welfare checks, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) surveyed state governments. what are the biggest US welfare states?