This week at CBPP, we focused on family income support, state budgets and taxes, health, and the economy.
On family income support, we issued several pieces marking the 23rd anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Ife Floyd noted that while many states have boosted TANF benefits, there’s room to do more. Ashley Burnside calculated that 2.5 million more families nationwide would have received TANF’s direct financial assistance in 2017 if TANF had the same reach that it did upon its creation in 1996. Liz Schott showed that states spend only a quarter of TANF funds to help families meet basic needs and explained why Black children have a better chance to thrive when states improve TANF. We also updated our chart book on TANF and posted an infographic showing why TANF cash assistance is vital to families’ ability to meet their basic needs.
On state budgets and taxes, Erica Williams, Eric Figueroa, and Wesley Tharpe explained that an inclusive approach to immigrants who are undocumented can help families and states prosper. Williams highlighted inclusive policies that a number of states have adopted. We also released a brochure summarizing the report. Michael Leachman argued that states should boost capital spending on schools.
On health, we updated our tracker on Administration actions to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available, our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy, and our guide to statistics on historical trends in income inequality.