2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Floor Approved)

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Increase TANF Standards of Assistance by 18%

Item 350 #2h

Item 350 #2h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2021 $400,000 FY2022 $400,000 GF
FY2021 $12,000,000 FY2022 $12,000,000 NGF

Page 352, line 32, strike "$283,294,242" and insert "$295,694,242".
Page 352, line 32, strike "$140,842,535" and insert "$153,242,535".


(This amendment adds $400,000 each year from the general fund and $12.0 million from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant to increase the standards of assistance by 18 percent beginning in fiscal year 2021. TANF eligibility is tied to the monthly cash assistance value. Since 1985, TANF cash assistance payments have been increased only on five occasions and inflation has increased at a much higher rate than the payments. The average monthly payment received in 1985 was $291. Adjusted for inflation that amount would be $676 per month in today's dollars. Currently, families receive a payment of $314 per month on average.)