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Report: Construction workers receive $28B a year in public assistance

January 20, 2022

The report analyzed construction workers’ families’ reliance on programs such as adult and children’s Medicaid, the earned income tax credit, temporary assistance for needy families and the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

Analyzing data from six states — Connecticut, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington — the report concluded that the industry is bifurcated into “low-road” and “high-road” sectors with strikingly different working conditions. Many of those different working conditions result from employers illegally classifying workers as independent contractors when they should be classified as full time employees, per Labor Department standards.

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