Public assistance

Testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees’ Joint Public Hearing on Human Services

February 4, 2002. FPI’s testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees’ Joint Public Hearing on the Human Services portion of the 2002-2003 Executive Budget. Focuses primarily on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.… (read more)

Welfare Reform and Social Indicators – New York City

December 7, 2001. These fact sheets were distributed at the GULP/FPI TANF Reauthorization Forum held in New York City today. See also the summary data sheet for New York City’s five counties and the summary data sheet for Congressional districts 5-18.

COUNTIES County-specific data for New York City’s counties can be found on these summary sheets. Bronx Kings New York Queens Richmond CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS Data from the Census Bureau’s 2000 Supplementary Survey for NYC Congressional Districts. 5th Congressional District… (read more)

TANF Reauthorization

November 30, 2001. Comments from FPI submitted to the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also see:

  • Welfare reform and social indicators: county-specific data (fall 2001) and NYC data (December 7, 2001). These fact sheets show (1) trends in poverty and other social and economic indicators since the advent of welfare reform and (2) changes in the use of temporary assistance, medicaid and food stamps during this period.
  • FPI presentation: TANF Reauthorization (November 2001).
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Welfare Reform and Social Indicators – County by County

Fall 2001. These fact sheets were prepared for the GULP/FPI TANF Reauthorization Forums in upstate New York. They present data on:

  1. trends in poverty and other social and economic indicators since the advent of welfare reform,
  2. changes in the use of temporary assistance, medicaid and food stamps during this period, and
  3. several key county policies.
Counties Albany Allegany Broome Cattaraugus Cayuga Chautauqua Chemung Chenango Clinton Columbia Cortland Delaware Dutchess Erie Essex Franklin Fulton Genesee Greene Hamilton Herkimer Jefferson Lewis Livingston(read more)

Proposed TANF Regulations

July 6, 2001. Comments prepared by FPI’s Frank Mauro for the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, on a proposed amendment to Title 18 of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, with respect to exceptions to 5-year time limits.… (read more)

Safety net urged for state’s poor

May 16, 2001. An article by Erika Rosenberg, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, related to a briefing prepared by the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program.

New York needs a $190 million program to help thousands of families approaching the five-year time limit for receiving welfare benefits, advocates for the poor said yesterday.

About 63,000 welfare cases — including 2,095 in Monroe County — are expected to hit a federal time limit in December, according to the latest … (read more)

Jobs urged as welfare deadline looms

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)

Briefing: The Empire State Jobs Program

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)

Poverty Amidst Plenty 2001

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.

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Federal Welfare Windfall Frees New York Money for Other Uses

April 23, 2000. Raymond Hernandez reporting for the New York Times quotes FPI’s Frank Mauro.

In the four years since the overhaul of the nation’s welfare laws, New York has taken at least $1 billion given to it by the federal government for new antipoverty programs and used it instead to indirectly finance huge tax cuts and other programs that appeal to middle-class voters, according to government and private estimates.

The budgetary switch has been employed by other states, prompting … (read more)