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Crs Report for Congress : Tanf Cash Benefits as of January 1, 2004: September 12, 2005 - Rl32598

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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant is a major source of cash assistance -- commonly referred to as "welfare" -- for low income families with children. TANF also provides funds to states for a wide range of benefits and services for both families receiving cash assistance and other families. Though the federal government provides TANF funds to states, the states themselves determine cash benefit amounts. As of January 1, 2004, maximum benefit amounts vary greatly by state: for a family of three, benefits vary from $923 per month in Alaska to $170 per month in Mississippi. TANF was created by the 1996 welfare reform law, which ended the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. States also determined AFDC benefit amounts, and most have retained their pre-1996 benefit structure under TANF. During the debate on welfare reform in the mid-1990s, some feared that fixed funding would lead states to cut benefits in a "race-to-the-bottom." The race to the bottom did not happen. In 24 jurisdictions, there was no change in maximum benefits from July 1996 to January 2004. Twenty-one jurisdictions increased their benefits; eight of these had benefit increases sufficient to offset inflation over the period. ...
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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1294024310
  • 9781294024316