off the charts

You are here

August 27, 2019

As we honor workers by celebrating Labor Day, we should remember that millions who do important jobs — such as serving store customers, making restaurant meals, delivering packages, and caring for the elderly in nursing homes —...

Worker rinsing pan
August 23, 2019

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...
TANF Could Be Serving 2.5 Million More Families
August 22, 2019

As children across the country begin a new school year, their schools’ facilities and equipment aren’t as modern as they should be, due to sharp cuts in state funding for school capital projects over the past decade. As a share of the economy, state capital funding for schools — for example, to build new schools, renovate and expand facilities, and install more modern technologies — was still...

Child reading book at table in school library
August 22, 2019

We can all agree that Black children should have the same opportunity to thrive as their white peers. However, choices that some states have made in their TANF programs can limit Black children’s access to the same opportunity.

In Focus: TANF's Reach and Benefit Levels Remain Low in Many States
August 21, 2019

The Trump Administration has launched numerous efforts – often wrapped in inflammatory, racist rhetoric — to marginalize immigrants, including community raids and deportations, the separation of children from families at the border, and rules around who may come to and stay in this country that hearken back to white supremacist ideas of who belongs here. But as our...

Maine state house
August 21, 2019

State and federal policymakers should act to ensure that TANF funds better target assistance to needy families.

9 States Spent Less Than 10 Percent of Federal and State TANF Funds on Basic Assistance in 2017
August 20, 2019

State and federal policymakers need to do more to strengthen TANF and help these parents and their children afford the basics.

In Focus: TANF Could Be Serving 2.5 Million More Families
August 19, 2019

In replacing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant 23 years ago, policymakers promised all families living in poverty a better economic future by providing temporary financial support, along with job preparation and work support. TANF has fallen far short in fulfilling this promise, particularly in...

August 16, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on immigration, family income support, food assistance, Social Security, the federal budget, and the economy.

On immigration, Robert Greenstein released a statement saying the Trump

Elderly People of Color Face Higher Poverty Rates
August 15, 2019

TANF cash assistance can help to both meet short-term needs and provide children with lasting positive impacts, but it reaches very few families in poverty.

Family Eating Together