on welfare

idiom

US
: receiving money from the government because of a low income or lack of income
a family on welfare

Examples of on welfare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Especially at that time, people who were on welfare were being punished. Coco Romack, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed is pushing one ballot measure to expand police powers to use tactics like drones and surveillance cameras, and another testing single adults on welfare for drugs. Nicholas Riccardi, The Denver Post, 29 Feb. 2024 Even if these thinkers did not oppose the welfare state, Moyn argues, their rejection of liberal idealism set the stage for spiraling in equality and the assault on welfare in the generations that followed. Helena Rosenblatt, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 The administration’s bet is that government spending on welfare and entitlements can continue to power the U.S. labor market even as job growth in manufacturing, tech, retail and other industries flags. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2023 House Republicans formally put that plan in motion on Wednesday, approving a measure that would cut spending by billions of dollars, impose new work requirements on welfare recipients and repeal federal funds meant to combat climate change. Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2023 Bohemia is not a lucrative state, and mother and daughter survived on welfare, the largess of friends and family and the meager earnings from Viva’s freelance articles and occasional bit parts in films. Penelope Green, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023 Then DeSantis took aim at California, one of his favorite ideological foils, saying the state allowed non-working people to be on welfare. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2023 Black, who has two master’s degrees, worked with children on welfare and people in prison earlier in his career and recently opened his own private practice. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023

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“On welfare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20welfare. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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