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  • TANF Cash Benefits Continued To Lose Value in 2013
    Ife Floyd and Liz Schott
    October 21, 2013

    Cash assistance benefits for the nation’s poorest families with children fell again in purchasing power in 2013 and are now at least 20 percent below their 1996 levels in 37 states, after adjusting for inflation.  Seven states increased Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant amounts in 2013, with five of …
  • The Value of TANF Cash Benefits Continued to Erode in 2012
    Ife Finch and Liz Schott
    March 28, 2013

    Cash assistance benefits for the nation’s poorest families with children fell again in purchasing power in 2012 and are now at least 20 percent below their 1996 levels in 37 states, after adjusting for inflation.  Unlike in 2011, when six states reduced the already-low benefits they provide through the Temporary Assistance for …
  • TANF Emerging from the Downturn a Weaker Safety Net
    LaDonna Pavetti, Ife Finch, and Liz Schott
    March 1, 2013

    Nationally, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which provides basic assistance to families with little or no income, responded only modestly to the severe recession that began in December 2007, and the national TANF caseload began to decline in January 2011.  State TANF caseloads varied widely in their responsiveness …
  • Changes in TANF Work Requirements Could Make Them More Effective in Promoting Employment
    Liz Schott and LaDonna Pavetti
    February 26, 2013

    The complexity and rigidity of the work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can force states to design their TANF programs in ways that compromise, rather than promote, the goal of connecting parents to work.  State TANF programs are built around an expectation of work, and many states have argued …
  • Testimony of Robert Greenstein, President, Before Senate Budget Committee
    Robert Greenstein
    February 13, 2013

    I appreciate the invitation to testify today on the impact of federal budget decisions on families and communities.  This is an important matter.  As you know, the nation will have to make tough decisions to put the budget on a more sustainable fiscal course.  The issue is not only whether policymakers act to secure adequate …
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