public assistance


Definition of public assistance

: government aid to needy, aged, or disabled persons and to dependent children

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Otherwise, antipoverty spending will continue to drive up federal deficits with payments to millions of Americans who shouldn’t be receiving public assistance. Robert Doar, WSJ, "‘Means Tested’ Welfare Means Nothing in Practice," 11 Dec. 2018 Some were teenagers who had run away from foster care and were wary of seeking public assistance for fear of being sent back. New York Times, "As Housing Prices Soar, New Zealand Tackles a Surge in Homelessness," 22 June 2018 Pursuit’s current class of 144 is a 50 percent split between male and female fellows, 50 percent immigrants, 60 percent black or Hispanic, and the majority are on public assistance. Natt Garun, The Verge, "For Queens residents, Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t arriving without a fight," 20 Nov. 2018 The charges accuse her of improperly receiving about $8,800 in public assistance. Washington Post, "Ex-NAACP chief who posed as black pleads not guilty to fraud," 21 June 2018 The charges accuse her of improperly receiving about $8,800 in public assistance. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "Ex-NAACP chief who posed as black pleads not guilty to fraud," 21 June 2018 Sanders, in particular, has been relentless in his criticism of Amazon over the last few months, proposing a bill that would tax the company as a penalty for having workers who need food stamps and other public assistance to make ends meet. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Amazon will raise its minimum wage to $15 for all 350,000 U.S. workers," 2 Oct. 2018 Moreover, cannibalizing Obamacare, setting public assistance ever further out of reach, and exploding the deficit with massive tax cuts doesn’t make the ruling political right a friend of free markets. Will Wilkinson, Vox, "“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy," 16 Aug. 2018 Having a criminal record hurts a person’s chances of finding a job more than other stigmas like long-term unemployment, receiving public assistance, or having a GED, according to a 2014 study from the Center for American Progress. Jason Laughlin,, "A president gave him clemency, but Uber kicked him to the curb," 11 May 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public assistance was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of public assistance

US : money that the government gives to people who are poor, old, or disabled

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