2019 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Dunnavant
Increase TANF Benefit Payments by 10 Percent

Item 340 #2s

Item 340 #2s

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2019 $0 FY2020 $37,950,000 NGF

Page 375, line 5, strike "$276,021,073" and insert "$313,971,073".

Page 377, after line 42, insert:

"R. The Department of Social Services shall increase the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits by 10 percent on July 1, 2019 and establish annual cost of living adjustments until the standards equal 50 percent of the federal poverty level."


(This amendment adds almost $38 million in nongeneral funds the second year from the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant to increase the TANF benefit payment (standards of assistance) for families participating in the TANF program by 10 percent and establishes cost of living adjustments until the standards of assistance equals 50 percent of the federal poverty level. The current monthly TANF benefit averages $314 per month for a family. If TANF payments had kept pace with the rate of inflation since 1985, the monthly assistance would be approximately $676 per month. The standards of assistance also impacts initial eligibility for TANF. With lower standards, fewer families are eligible for assistance. In 1985, a three person family in a level III locality could be eligible with net income below 48 percent of the federal poverty level. To qualify now, the family's net income must be less than 20 percent of the federal poverty limit.)