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TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Spending By State

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    Every state gets a block grant from the government, to spend on a host of welfare programs, for families in need. Decided to look at my state's spending pie chart out of curiosity (Texas), then realized that every state spends wildly different. I suppose this is a good thing, as states can decide to allocate funds by their individual state's needs.

    But thought it worth noting all the same, if anyone here wants to check out how their state invests in TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and MOE (Maintenance of effort), use this state by state spending guide.

    To be more clear, we are talking about these programs and services (minus the admin and systems costs):

    • Pre-Kindergarten/Head Start
    • Home Visiting
    • Child Welfare Services
    • Supportive Services
    • Services for Children and Youth
    • Assessment/Service Provision
    • Basic Assistance
    • Work, Education, and Training Activities
    • Work Supports
    • Child Care (Assistance and Non-Assistance)
    • Financial Education and Asset Development
    • Refundable Earned Income Tax Credits
    • Non-EITC Refundable State Tax Credits
    • Non-Recurrent Short Term Benefits
    • Prevention of Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancies
    • Fatherhood and Two-Parent Family Formation and Maintenance Programs

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    This is something I really wish the Federal government would step up more on. Invisible state lines shouldn't determine whether or not a child gets to go to Pre-K or if a family is able to put food on the table.