Monday, June 27, 2011

Cuts to TANF: A new report

Fiscal year 2012 is likely going to be one of the most difficult budget years on record with approximately 44 states and the District of Columbia projecting budget shortfalls. The current economic climate has led states to cut a number of programs that are aimed at supporting children and families in poverty. A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines the severe cuts to the TANF program that are currently happening across the country and the impact of those cuts on poor families. The report says that a number of states are significantly cutting cash assistance or ending it entirely for many families that already live far below the poverty line, including families with physical or mental health issues as well as other challenges. TANF reauthorization is expected this year, and it is important for state policymakers to be a part of the discussion. In order for TANF to meet the needs of families in your state – it is critical to consider the ways that the program has worked in your home state as well as the improvements that could be made.

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