Research Report Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2016
Linda Giannarelli, Christine Heffernan, Sarah Minton, Megan Thompson, Katie Shantz
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The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2016, as well as longitudinal tables describing selected state policies from 1996 through 2016. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a publicly available, online database tracking state cash assistance policies over time and across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Databook summarizes a subset of the information in the WRD. Users interested in a greater level of detail are encouraged to use the full database, available at

This report was updated January 2018 to reflect a correction to table II.A.3.

Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Families with low incomes Economic well-being
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center