[Hpn] New Welfare Publications from the California Budget Project - July 15, 2002

Editor Editor <hccjr@bellsouth.net>
Tue, 16 Jul 2002 10:41:10 -0500

Original Message ----- From: California Budget Project - General Info

The July 10 edition of the Sacramento Bee features an editorial on
reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block
grant by Jean Ross, Executive Director of the California Budget Project.

The editorial, which urges Congress to pass TANF legislation that increases
funding and flexibility for states to help recipients succeed in the workforce,
appears with editorials by an assistant dean of Butte College and the Riverside
County welfare director and can be found at

In addition, several recent welfare publications are now available on the CBP’s
web site at http://www.cbp.org  by clicking on “welfare reform”:

> “Research Supports Caution On TANF Work Requirements” indicates that
federal policymakers should exercise caution before increasing work requirements
under the TANF block grant.  The research, which draws on two decades of
evaluations by the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), also
indicates that augmenting welfare recipients’ earnings with supplemental grants,
as California does, is the only welfare policy that has been demonstrated to
improve child well-being.

> “CalWORKs: From Surplus to Deficit” analyzes the roots of the ongoing
deficit that the CalWORKs program faces.  The CalWORKs program provides
substantially more child care and employment services to help recipients secure
and retain employment than its predecessor, Aid to Families with Dependent
Children.  Federal and state funding, which has not increased since 1997, is
insufficient to support rising program costs.

> “Governor’s Budget Proposes Suspending CalWORKs COLA” analyzes Governor
Davis’ proposal to suspend the statutory cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for
CalWORKs grants. While suspending the COLA would result in a savings of $112
million for the CalWORKs program, it would lead to a loss of purchasing power
for families that depend on CalWORKs for cash assistance.

>From the California Budget Project
921 11th St Ste 502
Sacramento CA  95814-2820
Jean Ross, Executive Director
ph: (916)444-0500  fax: (916)444-0172
Email: cbp@cbp.org
visit our web site at http://www.cbp.org.

H. C. [Sonny] Covington
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