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Evidence Counters CEA Claims on Work Requirements

July 30, 2018

Several recent studies counter the Council of Economic Advisers’ (CEA) recent claims that proposals to take away people’s SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, or housing assistance if they don’t meet rigid work requirements would “be a beneficial way to increase work...

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Farm Bill Funding for Work Programs Won’t Buy Much

April 16, 2018

Under the work requirement provisions in House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s farm bill, we estimate that states will need to provide employment assistance such as structured job search assistance, training, or volunteer work opportunities to 3 million people.  But the bill’s $1 billion per year in funding for work programs amounts to just $30 per person per month. That would...

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Mandatory Work Programs Are Costly, Have Limited Long-Term Impact

April 12, 2018

President Trump and Republican lawmakers have argued that basing people’s eligibility for food, medical, and housing assistance on meeting rigid work requirements will set them on a path to a better future.  In his 2018 farm bill to reauthorize SNAP (formerly food stamps), for example, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway has proposed expensive, untested new work requirements...

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Welfare to Work Project in Trump Budget Would Unravel Major Federal Programs

February 16, 2018

The “Welfare to Work Projects” proposal in President Trump’s budget would facilitate the unraveling of major federal programs that help low- and moderate-income people meet basic needs. It appears to let states and localities undertake a large-scale redesign of an unnamed number of basic assistance programs, with apparently few protections for individuals who need the assistance these programs...

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Work Requirements Don’t Work

January 10, 2018

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to announce this week that states may block some low-income adults from getting Medicaid coverage if they’re not working or participating in work-related activities. But evidence from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program — which policymakers are touting as a model for work requirements in other programs,...

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Harmful Provisions Jeopardize Extension of Effective Home Visiting Programs

September 13, 2017

A nationwide federal-state partnership that supports family- and child-related home visiting programs is slated to expire October 1, threatening a host of programs that strengthen high-risk families and save money over the long run. Today, the House Ways and Means Committee will consider two bills that would extend the program for five years, but each comes with problems — one has a state...

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Ohio TANF Waiver Denial Continues Trump Administration’s Attack on Work Programs

August 31, 2017

The Trump Administration has denied Ohio’s request for a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program waiver that would have helped the state integrate workforce services that now vary by program and provided TANF recipients with greater access to education and training opportunities to prepare them for better jobs. Yesterday’s denial of the state’s waiver accompanied a notice to...

Trump Budget Slashes Job Training Grants by 40 Percent

The Empty Promise of Work Requirements

June 1, 2017

President Trump and some congressional Republicans are embracing proposals to let states impose harmful work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries, and they’ve also touted as a work requirement a harsh three-month time limit on SNAP (food stamp) benefits for...

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TANF at 20, Part 4: Addressing TANF’s Failures

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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TANF at 20, Part 2: Failing to Help Most Unemployed Parents Find and Maintain Work

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

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