Other income support programs
July 26, 2002. By David Carroll of the California Budget Project and FPI’s Trudi Renwick. Brief in PDF..
Current federal law requires states to penalize families whose members do not comply with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) requirements. However, states have the flexibility to choose partial sanctions (benefit reductions), full sanctions (elimination of the families’ entire public assistance payments), or a combination of the two. California, New York, and 13 other states have chosen to use the partial … (read more)
February 19, 2002. Testimony of Trudi Renwick in Proceeding on Motion of the Commission To Consider Cost Recovery by Verizon and to Investigate the Future Regulatory Framework, Case 00-C-1945. This testimony focuses on a proposal to expand programs used to determine telephone lifeline eligibility to include EITC, school lunch and Child Health Plus.… (read more)
May 16, 2001. An article by Elizabeth Benjamin, Albany Times-Union, related to a briefing prepared by the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program: a state-subsidized program would aid thousands reaching end of 5-year benefits limit.
Labor unions and activists on Tuesday called on lawmakers to approve a $190 million program to provide 8,000 state-subsidized jobs for people who will hit a five-year time limit for federal welfare benefits in December.
The program proposed in a bill sponsored … (read more)
May 15, 2001. The Fiscal Policy Institute joined the other members of the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program to organize a briefing on the program for state officials. The Empire State Jobs program is a transitional employment program that would provide work experience, training and other needed support services to public assistance recipients with serious barriers to employment and little or no paid work experience, particularly those who are close to reaching the five-year time limit on family … (read more)
February 27, 2001. New York State leaves millions of dollars unspent for anti-poverty efforts for state’s poor families. The state’s TANF funds should be fully and promptly used for the New York families that need them. A new report makes the case.
- New York press release
- Poverty Amidst Plenty 2001, a new report from the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support
- Appendix tables from the report
- Summary of New York’s TANF and MOE appropriations by program
- Summary of
Sponsors and speakers to call for systematic reform of New York’s $2.6 billion Corporate Welfare program
For more information, contact Mark Dunlea at 518-434-7371 or Frank Mauro at 518-786-3156.
The Fair Budget Campaign will be conducting a forum on Corporate Welfare and Accountability on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1915 5th Avenue, Troy (2 blocks east of the Uncle Sam Atrium). The event is co-sponsored by Troy Area United … (read more)
May 1, 2000. An editorial in the Albany Times-Union:
New York state is taking federal welfare money to pay for middle-class subsidies
It’s been a while since a welfare scandal made headlines. Something like a welfare mother driving a Cadillac or someone collecting checks under several different names used to make for such easy political points. All that stopped, ostensibly, when President Clinton and Congress made good on their determination to end welfare as we once knew it.
Misuse … (read more)
An Agenda for a Better New York: Improving New York State’s Utilization of its TANF Block Grant and Related “Maintenance of Effort” Resources
February 9, 2000. A report by Frank Mauro and Carolyn Boldiston. The current TANF surpluses provide New York State with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight poverty and lift poor families towards independence and self-support. This includes liberalizing the earned income disregard, providing a long overdue grant increase, and making new efforts to reach hard-to-serve parents and children. New York is more likely to continue to meet work participation rates if it invests in activities that have proven successful in helping … (read more)