Welfare Watch February 24, 2015 -
ACTION Alert, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
You are needed to
contact your Congressional delegates. Georgia DHS Division of Family
and Children Services (DFCS) and child welfare providers of all
types would be seriously impacted should the proposed 3rd
party MOE (Maintenance of Effort) in the TANF program become law.
A proposal in the President’s budget (page 332, Department of Health
and Human Services, Fiscal Year 2016, Administration for Children
and Families – Justification of Estimates for Appropriations
Committees) is to prohibit the use of 3rd party MOE
(Maintenance of Effort) in the TANF program. If passed, the impact
to Georgia is that the state would have to increase state spending
for TANF eligible activities by $100 million, or decrease TANF
funded programs by $100 million, or some combination of the two.
The intention of this budget proposal is to force some states to
provide more services/benefits to TANF eligible families at state
* It is changing
the rules for welfare reform after the fact.
* It is an attempt
to force fiscally conservative states, Georgia and Utah in
particular, to spend more state money on assistance to needy
families. Georgia would prefer to make its own decisions on how to
spend its tax revenues.
* It undercuts the
development of community partnerships that were promoted by 3rd
party TANF MOE – especially with the Georgia Food Banks and the Boys
and Girls Clubs Afterschool programs. Federal policies should
promote state and community partnerships.
* It could lead to
budget cuts to Food Banks, Afterschool Services, and other important
human service programs if Georgia could not make up the $99.4
million provided by 3rd parties for TANF MOE.
Link to US Senators
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