TANF Emergency Fund Helps Cushion Effects of the Recession and Creates Options for State Policymakers

Jon Peacock
June 22, 2010

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The recession has sharply increased the number of unemployed or underemployed individuals and families and has increased spending on programs to assist such households, while it has simultaneously cut deeply into state revenue. To help states maintain critical supports for low income families, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contains a number of measures to help finance safety net programs, such as Wisconsin Works (W-2) and the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Read full publication.