Small increases in stable marriage rates would result in savings for taxpayers, according to the report. A 1 percent reduction in the rate of "family fragmentation" will save taxpayers about $1.1 billion each year, the report states.
Taxpayers will "save money because fewer people will be eligible for fewer things like food stamps (and) PeachCare, (and) their children will be less likely to go to jail," Scafidi said.
Each year, taxpayers support single-parent families with about $27.9 billion in Medicaid expenses, $9.2 billion for child welfare programs and $33.3 billion for other social programs such as Head Start and food stamps, according to the report.
An additional $19.3 billion goes toward maintaining the justice system as a result of boys and men from single-parent households being more likely to commit crimes than those from married households, according to the report. The report also estimates $22.3 billion in lost income tax revenue.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Single parent homes and tax dollars
I thought this study, about how much single-parent families cost taxpayers, was interesting: