State Losing 10 Percent of Federal Welfare Funding

Tennessee’s welfare program is about 10 percent poorer than it used to be, and state officials don’t expect to get that money back anytime soon, reports the Jackson Sun.
Funding for supplemental grants through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program ran out at the end of June, well before the fiscal year ends in October. That’s led to uncertainty in Tennessee and the 16 other states that have received the grants each year since welfare reform passed in 1996.
Tennessee gets $21.6 million in supplemental grants annually. That’s more than 10 percent of all the federal welfare money the state gets each year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Tennessee officials say they’re trying to avoid cutting services or reducing the number of families on welfare.
“We were hoping that (the cut) wouldn’t happen but expecting that it probably would,” said Wanda Franklin, director of Families First at the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
“We’ve been trying to figure out how we’re going to provide for our clients in the ways we have been providing for them — in other words, to try to streamline our program, make it more practical and efficient, and do it with less money

2 thoughts on “State Losing 10 Percent of Federal Welfare Funding

  1. Eric Holcombe

    The problem is, you aren’t getting a cut in the collected federal taxes to pay for those lesser benefits. Just like there isn’t a cut in the federal motor fuel taxes, just the amount Washington is returning to the state. More of that hope and change.

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