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March 8, 2017

The poor performance of Arizona’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program shows why policymakers should not convert other key safety net programs to block grants. The flexibility that states get under the TANF block grant has let Arizona do little to help...

Father and Kids Outside
March 7, 2017

Governor Doug Ducey’s proposal to extend Arizona’s 12-month limit on cash aid through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — which is by far the nation’s shortest — by another year for families “playing by the rules” sounds good initially, but the details suggest that it wouldn’t help those who most need it.

This extension would...

Mother and Child Coloring
February 22, 2017

House Republicans plan to fast track their proposal to cut federal Medicaid funding by converting the program to a block grant or per capita cap and phasing out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, House Republican...

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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 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...

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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...

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August 17, 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. 

States spend only about half of their state and federal TANF funds in the core welfare reform areas of basic assistance, work-...

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August 16, 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. 

Policymakers created the TANF block grant in large part to give states more flexibility to help cash assistance recipients find...

TANF Reaching Fewer Jobless Single Mothers
August 15, 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 provides cash assistance to a shrinking number of poor families, even though the need remains high.   

Nationwide, for every 100 poor...

TANF Serving Fewer Poor Families

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