2012 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Howell
Index TANF Cash Assistance to Inflation (language only)

Item 337 #1s

Item 337 #1s

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 256, after line 35, insert:
"P. The Commissioner shall establish a reasonable, automatic adjustment for inflation by increasing 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 language amendment requires 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 is $320 per month. TANF payments have not been increased since July 2000. Currently a family of three receives benefit payments that are less than twenty-one percent of the federal poverty income level.)