Vice President for Family Income Support Policy
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:
“If we want to write a history of that future that leaves many fewer behind, we must start now,” Nittoli concludes. Unfortunately, Congress’s failure to extend the fund before its summer recess has forced some states to begin shutting down their programs, despite growing concerns about unemployment. Congress needs to rectify this — and fast — when it returns in September.