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No Limits

Jen Sorensen
© Jen Sorensen

Yes, it is true, Arizona is now the only state that has a one-year lifetime limit on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Which means that next July, about half the people currently receiving benefits will lose them.

What’s ironic about this is that TANF is specifically designed to move people into new employment. Not only are the benefits limited (the time limit varies by state), but in order to receive any benefits from the program a family must have dependent children and the parents must be enrolled in a jobs program. There are other requirements too: the children must be attending school and be immunized. And for all this, the average family on TANF receives $195 a month.

One worry is that families losing support to move them back into jobs will end up homeless and on the street, which will cost us taxpayers even more money when we have to take care of their kids.



  1. westomoon wrote:

    So Arizona says to its poor people, “Don’t let the door hit you on your way out,” because the only real Arizonans are wealthy white people and affluent snowbirds.

    If Arizona’s poor took the hint and moved to California or New Mexico, I wonder if it has ever occurred to the big fish of Arizona that there’d be nobody to clean their houses and pools, fix their cars, or repair their plumbing. Who’d staff the restaurants and look after the oldest folks?

    What ever happened to that fine old Victorian principle of enlightened self-interest?

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  2. Wildwood wrote:

    I wish they would leave. That’s the only thing that will wake up the idiot class. For years I have said that if all immigrants, legal or not, just stopped going to work for 2 or 3 days, this country would come to a standstill. Wouldn’t it be grand.

    Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:12 am | Permalink