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Welfare and Poverty

Welfare and Poverty

CHILD SUPPORT AND FAMILY LAW DATABASE

Child and Adult playing with ToysThe Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database contains passed, pending and failed legislation and executive orders from 2011 - 2013. Topics relate to custody and visitation, economic stability, enforcement, family violence collaboration, father engagement, guidelines, health care coverage, prevention, healthy family relationships, implementation, and other related issues. Users can search text for examples and specific key words.

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DRUG TESTING AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

States have proposed drug testing of applicants and recipients of public welfare benefits since federal welfare reform in 1996. The federal rules permit drug testing as part of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant. In recent years, many states have proposed some form of drug testing or screening for applicants. 

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AMERICAN TAX PAYER RELIEF ACT 2013

Human Services Overview of the American Tax Payer Relief Act January 2013 |  The “fiscal cliff” was temporarily avoided when President Obama signed H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Most of what created the fiscal cliff was not permanently resolved.

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2014 LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT

 Legislative Summit circle logoThank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. We hope the Summit offered ideas and solutions to take on the critical issues in your state. Here are some of the resources we think willl be useful as you head home.

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OVERVIEW | WELFARE AND POVERTY

Over the past two decades, state and federal reforms transformed welfare programs Congress established the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant which gave states broad flexibility to run their cash assistance programs and to use federal funds to help low-income families, reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies and support two-parent families. State legislatures used this flexibility to create work-focused programs-requiring parents receiving assistance to participate in work or training activities, providing supports such as child care and transportation so that they can work and enacted time limits on how long families could receive assistance. State legislatures also used these funds to create and expand a wide variety of programs to help low-income working families and children, such as early education and afterschool services, responsible fatherhood programs, teen pregnancy prevention and income supports and training to help working families stay in jobs and increase their earnings. 

 

 

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