2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kory
Co-Patron(s): Albo, Boysko, Hope, Keam, Levine, Lopez, Plum, Simon, Watts
Increase TANF Benefit Annually by CPI

Item 342 #5h

Item 342 #5h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2017 $1,300,000 FY2018 $1,300,000 NGF

Page 296, line 31, strike "$270,568,621" and insert "$271,868,621".
Page 296, line 31, strike "$270,510,009" and insert "$271,810,009".

Page 298, after line 27, insert:

"M.  The Department of Social Services shall annually review the amount of assistance paid to eligible recipients through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program and adjust the amount of such payments in an amount equal to the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for the year immediately preceding the year in which the review occurs."


(This amendment directs Department of Social Services to annually review and adjust the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefit payments to recipients by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index. The current monthly TANF benefit averages $259 per month for a family. Since 1995, when TANF was created there have only been two increases in the benefit, the most recent was 2.5 percent on January 1, 2016. Funding of $1.3 million each year from the federal TANF block grant is provided for this benefit increase.)