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Jobs Fund Countdown: Two Days Until It Dies

September 28, 2010

Despite continuing efforts by Senate Democrats to extend the TANF Emergency Fund, we are just two days away from its September 30 expiration.

Jobs Fund Countdown: Three Days Until It Dies

September 27, 2010

“Tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs within weeks unless Congress extends one of the more effective job-creating programs in the $787 billion stimulus act,” the New York Times explained yesterday in an article on the TANF Emergency Fund.

Jobs Fund Countdown: Six Days Until It Dies

September 24, 2010

Today, we continue our countdown to the end of the TANF Emergency Fund, which has provided 250,000 Americans with subsidized jobs in the private and public sectors but will expire September 30 — despite continuing high unemployment — unless Congress acts. The fund has enabled formerly unemployed workers to earn a weekly paycheck so they can pay their bills and care for their families. It also has given them an opportunity to gain more work experience and build new skills that will help them find permanent employment as the economy recovers. Here are two examples:

Jobs Fund Countdown: Seven Days Until It Dies

September 23, 2010

The TANF Emergency Fund has helped not just individuals and businesses but entire communities — especially those hit hardest by the recession. These communities now face a return to more unemployment and hardship when the fund expires. One example is Perry County, TN, the subject of a Tennessean article on Tuesday. Here are some highlights:

Jobs Fund Countdown: Eight Days Until It Dies

September 22, 2010

As I mentioned yesterday, today begins our countdown to the September 30 expiration of the TANF Emergency Fund, a 2009 Recovery Act fund that states across the country have used to provide 250,000 Americans with subsidized jobs. Below, Amy Mullins explains in a letter to a county official how Colorado’s jobs program, Hire Colorado, has helped her medical testing business not only survive but grow and create permanent jobs despite the recession.

Poverty’s Up, But Jobs Program Is Almost Gone

September 21, 2010

“Perhaps the biggest scandal of all — especially after last week’s Census Bureau finding that one in seven Americans is living in poverty — would be to allow the expiration of an emergency fund included in the stimulus to subsidize jobs for low-income parents and young Americans,” columnist E. J. Dionne wrote yesterday. But that’s exactly what will happen unless Congress acts within the next ten days to renew the TANF Emergency Fund, which 37 states have used to provide one-quarter of a million people with jobs.

Real Voices: Thanks to the TANF Emergency Fund

August 30, 2010

I have written several recent posts about the importance of extending the TANF Emergency Fund, a part of last year’s federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that states and localities are using to help place 240,000 individuals in subsidized jobs in the private and public sectors. I won’t repeat those arguments today. Instead, I’ll share with you what people who are working because of the fund say about it.

“Our Blue-Collar Great Depression”

August 25, 2010

In an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal (“Our Blue-Collar Great Depression”), Rockefeller Foundation executive Janice Nittoli makes a compelling argument for extending the TANF Emergency Fund. I’ve written several times (see here and here) that Congress should extend this Recovery Act-created fund — which states and localities are using to help create some 240,000 subsidized jobs in the private and public sectors — beyond its September 30 expiration. As Nittoli explains:

More on the TANF Emergency Fund

July 30, 2010

A front-page story in yesterday’s New York Times emphasized that the TANF Emergency Fund, which states and localities are using to help create some 240,000 subsidized jobs in the private and public sectors, has helped many businesses as well as jobless workers weather the recession. That’s an important point that Congress should keep in mind as it decides how to help small businesses weather the recession.

Going, Going, Almost Gone

July 26, 2010

Time is running out for the highly successful subsidized jobs programs that states have created with the TANF Emergency Fund.

The House has voted twice to extend the fund, a 2009 Recovery Act program that will help place an estimated 240,000 low-income parents and youth in subsidized private- or public-sector jobs by its September 30 expiration. The costs of the House extensions were fully offset so they wouldn’t add a penny to the deficit. But in the Senate, an extension has been part of larger bills that have stalled due to conflicts over provisions unrelated to the fund. What happens if Congress fails to act before the fund expires?