Diversity among State Welfare Programs

Brief

Diversity among State Welfare Programs

Implications for Reform

Abstract

This brief depicts the diversity of state AFDC programs prior to passage of TANF. It concludes that states with low benefit levels under AFDC may have the hardest time implementing the new work requirements included in TANF. They will have fewer federal resources per family to prepare recipients for moving into jobs. States with relatively large shares of child-only cases may have an easier time meeting work-participation requirements because these cases are excluded from the work target calculation.

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