2011 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Committee Approved)

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Cost of Living Increase for TANF (language only)

Item 327 #1s

Item 327 #1s

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 289, after line 21, insert:
"P. The Commissioner shall establish a reasonable, automatic adjustment for inflation to increase the TANF cash assistance grant for eligible recipients.  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 require the Commissioner of Social Services to provide federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds for a cost-of-living increase in TANF cash assistance payments beginning in the fiscal year following a fiscal year in which a salary increase has been provided to state employees. The typical payment for a parent with two children would increase to $320 per month. TANF payments have been increased only two times since 1974. Currently a family of three receives benefit payments that are less than one-fourth of the federal poverty income level.)