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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
We know that we’ve talked about the job-creating TANF Emergency Fund a lot on this blog, but its merits bear repeating as we approach Labor Day – a day that celebrates the American worker. Labor Day is a yearly national tribute to workers’ contributions to our country’s strength and prosperity. The subsidized jobs that the TANF Emergency Fund have created have done exactly that — helped to support and stabilize families and helped workers and businesses weather this recession and build toward a better future.
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.
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:
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.
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?
In this podcast we’ll discuss the Emergency Fund of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program – also known as TANF. I’m Michelle Bazie and I’m joined by the Director of the Center’s Welfare Reform and Income Support Division, Dr. LaDonna Pavetti.