2010 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Scott, J.
Index TANF Payments to Inflation (language only)

Item 327 #1h

Item 327 #1h

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 228, after line 28, insert:
"O. The Commissioner, in cooperation with the Department of Planning and Budget, shall establish a reasonable, automatic adjustment for inflation each year to be applied to the room and board maximum rates paid to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) parents. However, this provision shall apply only in fiscal years following a fiscal year in which salary increases are provided for state employees.

(This amendment adds language to provide an automatic inflation adjustment to TANF payments in fiscal years following salary increases for state employees. This is a similar methodology used to adjust family foster care rates. The TANF caseload in Virginia has been cut in half since 1995 while the federal TANF block grant funding level has remained constant, thereby providing sufficient funding for a modest benefit increase. There has been only one TANF benefit increase since 1985. Currently, a family of three receives a monthly benefit amount that is less than a fifth of the federal poverty level. Indexing the benefit payment would prevent further erosion of low-income parents' ability to meet basic needs of children in their own home or in relative care and can be funded entirely from the TANF block grant.)