Emerging Issues in Welfare Reform

As states continue to implement the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant, they will need to address issues such as rapidly approaching time limits on federal assistance and the importance of enhancing supports to promote job retention and advancement. In addition, as Congress considers the reauthorization of TANF and other income-security programs, states will want to give close attention to both programmatic aspects of any reauthorization proposal and to their impact on state and local flexibility.

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Barry L. Van Lare is executive director of The Finance Project and manages the Welfare Information Network, a clearinghouse of information on welfare and workforce development programs. He was deputy executive director of the National Governors Association, directed the federal welfare program from 1977 to 1980 and directed human service programs in New York and Washington.

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