Public assistance

What’s happening with temporary assistance for New York State’s neediest families?

March 19, 2012. A modest increase in the basic allowance is scheduled for July 1, 2012. The Assembly has proposed implementing the increase as scheduled. The Senate, on the other hand, has proposed eliminating it completely. This brief finds that even with the increase, the public assistance grant is less than half the federal poverty threshold in fifty-five counties – and just 50 to 53 percent of the threshold in the other seven counties. Moreover, New York was recently awarded … (read more)

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services

February 13, 2012. Submitted by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst. Testimony includes: trends in public assistance participation and poverty in New York State, a review of New York’s historical utilization of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, a review of the impact of the TANF Contingency Fund and Emergency Contingency Fund on TANF funding and spending in New York State, and recommendations for the 2012-2013 state fiscal year.… (read more)

New Federal Dollars for New York: The TANF Emergency Contingency Fund in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

February 28, 2011. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) established the Emergency Contingency Fund within the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for states to provide more support to needy families. The new fund would supplement a prior existing contingency fund (called the regular Contingency Fund), which in New York’s case was soon to be exhausted.

An ongoing series of briefs from the Fiscal Policy Institute, collected here together with related testimony, looks into the … (read more)

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services

February 16, 2011. Testimony submitted by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst. Her testimony includes: a review of New York State’s recent public assistance caseload history, a review of New York’s historical utilization of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, a review of the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of February 2009 on TANF funding and spending in New York State, and recommendations for the 2011-2012 state fiscal year.… (read more)

Extension of the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund is Essential to Bringing More Jobs and Needed Financial Support to New York State

September 17, 2010. The very tight budget situations that state and local governments continue to face may force them to reduce or eliminate services for needy families. This brief shows that an extension of the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund will help New York and the other states to continue their safety net programs without ravaging other parts of their budgets.… (read more)

Extending the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund Would Bring More Dollars and Jobs to New York

May 19, 2010. To help needy families during the Great Recession, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, created a $5 billion Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF) within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal block grant program. This brief shows that the TANF ECF has brought $935 million in new federal dollars to New York over the last year. With the nation continuing to experience high unemployment … (read more)

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services

April 2, 2010. Testimony presented by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst.   (This is a revised version of testimony originally delivered on February 10,  2010.)… (read more)

The TANF Emergency Contingency Fund: The Basics, and New York’s Experience with the Regular Contingency Fund

June 11, 2009. Part I – The Basics – and Part II – New York’s Experience to Date Using the Regular Contingency Fund – are the first two of a series of briefs that looks into the rules governing the new Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), reviews New York’s experience with the regular Contingency Fund, and explores the situations under which New York may qualify for ECF funds.

Also see Part III (August 11, 2009) – How New York Could Use … (read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Human Services

February 5, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. Renwick explains several important policy opportunities for New York: increase the basic welfare grant; liberalize the earned income disregard; finance the Earned Income Tax Credit from the General Fund; and take child care funding out of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), to ensure that adequate resources go for this essential work support. Renwick includes a series of … (read more)

TANF Spending in New York

October 24, 2007. A presentation by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick at a meeting convened by the New York Children’s Action Network (New York CAN) Income Security Subcommittee.… (read more)