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.

Analysis from DFCS

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 cost.

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Potential talking points include: 

* 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.

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