Policymakers in some states are considering limiting public assistance grants for applicants
who have recently migrated from states that offer lower monthly grants. This policy change
reflects the belief that states offering higher monthly grants attract welfare recipients. In
January 1992, Washingtons maximum AFDC benefit for a family of three ranked 10th
highest out of the 50 states. When compared with neighboring states, Washington has a
higher public assistance grant amount than Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and a lower grant
amount than California. Apart from California, eight additional states pay higher grants than
Washington. We get migrants from these states as well.