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Ryan’s Rhetoric Doesn’t Match His Proposal’s Reality

July 24, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan left the impression today that his proposed Opportunity Grant will allow low-income individuals to get income assistance as well as help they may need to go to school, get off drugs, and succeed in the workplace.  That picture, however, doesn’t reflect the reality of his proposal.

Chairman Ryan spoke eloquently this morning about “Andrea,” a...

Why the 1996 Welfare Law Is Not a Model for Other Safety-Net Programs

July 22, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s upcoming poverty plan will likely showcase the 1996 welfare law, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — a block grant with fixed federal funding but broad...

With Federal Funds Gone, States Take the Lead on Subsidized Jobs

January 30, 2014

I highlighted yesterday the success of a 2009 Recovery Act program through which 39 states and the District of Columbia placed 260,000 low-income parents and young people in subsidized jobs, mostly in the private sector.  The federal funding for that program dried up a few years ago.  But several states — recognizing that...

Subsidized Jobs Work

January 29, 2014

Eduardo Porter’s New York Times piece today on government investment to boost jobs and demand cites the success of a 2009 Recovery Act program through which 39 states plus the District of Columbia (see...

New Evidence That Subsidized Jobs Programs Work

September 9, 2013

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia used $1.3 billion from the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Emergency Fund to place more than 260,000 low-income adults and youth in temporary jobs in the private and public sectors during the...

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Welfare Reform’s No Model for SNAP

June 28, 2013

As House leaders consider next steps on the farm bill (which the House rejected last week), a key question is the fate of its punitive Southerland amendment, which would reward states that end SNAP benefits for...

TANF Provided a Weak Safety Net During and After Recession

March 4, 2013

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, exposing its inadequacy as a safety net, as we explain in a new paper.

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5 Ways TANF Work Requirements Could Better Promote Work

February 28, 2013

A congressional hearing this morning examined the Administration’s policy of giving states waivers to test new ways to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) move from welfare to work. ...

TANF Block Grant Is Not a Model for Other Programs

October 11, 2012

An op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal sings the praises of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, claiming it shows that block-granting Medicaid would enable states to operate better programs for less money. ...

Five Things To Know About the TANF Work Rules

September 18, 2012

The House will vote Thursday on a bill to block the Administration from allowing states to test new ways to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) move from welfare to work.  While this issue has received lots of attention, there’s been little discussion of how TANF’s current work requirements...

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