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August 26, 2016

This week at CBPP we focused on family income support, state budgets and taxes, health care, food assistance, and Social Security.

On family income support, Ife Floyd illustrated how dramatically the cash assistance safety net has shrunk under Temporary...
August 25, 2016

New Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections show that spending on SNAP (formerly food stamps) will fall over the next decade faster than it previously estimated.  SNAP spending will fall as a share of the economy, reaching 1995 levels in 2019 (see chart).  These projections show that SNAP provided an effective response to the recession...

In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further
August 25, 2016

With the 1996 welfare law in the news this week on its 20th anniversary, our new report finds that the poorest children in single-mother families grew poorer between 1995 and 2005 — the best period to examine the law’s impact, as the economy was...

For Children of Single Mothers, Income Fell for Poorest Tenth
August 24, 2016

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin today submitted a proposal to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would change the state’s Medicaid expansion, leading to tens of thousands of people becoming uninsured.  While Gov. Bevin says the changes are necessary to improve...

August 23, 2016

With K-12 schools opening around the country, here’s a quick look at the funding challenges many of them face.

Some 47 percent of school funding comes from states, and in many states it hasn’t kept up with rising enrollment and inflation.  At least 25...
K-12 Education Jobs Have Fallen as Enrollment Has Grown
August 22, 2016

Louisiana spends just 11 percent of its state and federal dollars under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in core welfare reform areas, a new report from the Louisiana Budget Project using 2015 state financial data finds.  The state spent 8 percent on basic assistance, 1 percent on...

Louisiana Spends Just 11 Percent of TANF Funds in Core Welfare Reform Areas
August 22, 2016

States reach far fewer poor families under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — created 20 years ago today — than under its predecessor, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).  These two maps show how dramatically the cash assistance safety net has shrunk. 

At the end of AFDC, in 1995-96, most states provided cash assistance to more than 50 families for every 100...

August 19, 2016

This week at CBPP we focused on family income support, state budgets and taxes, the federal budget, food assistance, housing, and health care.

On family income support, our blog series on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant outlined key facts about the program as it approaches its 20th...
Modest SNAP Benefits Even Smaller Due to 1996 Welfare Law
August 19, 2016

Nearly half of the nation’s uninsured people who are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) live in families with at least one school-age child, research shows.  That makes schools a good place to reach uninsured families.  Our new...

August 18, 2016

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant on August 22, this blog series will outline key facts about the program. 

TANF’s combination of nearly unfettered state flexibility, fixed block grant funding, narrowly defined work requirements, and...