April 2017 Policy Briefing

Posted on April 4, 2017


• States and Counties Regularly Charge Parents Child Support for Their Incarcerated Children
• States Taking Actions to Restrict Driving for Child Support Nonpayment
• Trump Administration Encourages States to Consider Work Requirements for Medicaid Enrollees
• Some States Are Blocking Local Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Measures
• Child Support Caseload Associated with TANF Cases Continues to Drop
• State Policy and Practice News

Blueprint for Economic Security cover page

A Blueprint for Economic Security

Posted on March 27, 2017

“A Blueprint for Economic Security” explores the intersections of the work-related experiences of men and fathers, child support enforcement policies and practices and support services for fathers with low-incomes. Consideration is given to the historical factors that are complicating efforts to end poverty. The Blueprint also highlights necessary changes to child support enforcement efforts and support services for low-income fathers. Policy recommendations for both the state and national levels are offered. In addition to the full report, an Executive Summary is also available.


Policy Briefing March 2017

Posted on March 6, 2017


• Texas Lawmakers Propose End to Jail Time for Inability to Pay Fines
• Drug Testing on the Rise for Unemployment Benefits and for Public Assistance
• Nonresident Fathers’ Involvement With Children is Compromised by Child Support Debt
• Children of Incarcerated Parents Suffer Worse Educational Outcomes
• State Policy and Practice News

Punishing the Poorest Families

Punishing the Poorest Families: Wisconsin’s New Budget is More of the Same

Posted on February 28, 2017

Wisconsin’s Governor Walker has recently proposed requiring food stamp and housing assistance recipients to work or risk losing this assistance. His proposals reflect a long pattern of targeting the poorest families in the name of making them more responsible and independent. The strategy can be traced back to the Reagan presidency, and the years since then have seen the whittling away of the safety net, which is now so shredded that identifying the next group of families who receive services that can be cut is itself a challenge of sorts. This essay briefly traces the history of these proposals and the attitudes and politics that helped to create them.


Policy Briefing February 2017

Posted on February 13, 2017


• New Final Rules Affecting Child Support Enforcement Issued
• Early Indications of Proposed Cuts to Social Services by Trump Administration
• States Spending Only Half of TANF Funds on Core Welfare Programs
• Wisconsin Governor Seeks Stricter Requirements on Food Stamp and Housing Assistance Recipients, Increases State EITC for Some Families
• State Policy and Practice News


Policy Briefing November 2016

Posted on November 7, 2016

• Obama Plans Change in Child Support Payment Rules for Prisoners
• Felony Disenfranchisement Prohibits More than 6 Million from Voting
• Proposals Would Increase Minimum Wage, Eliminate Subminimum for Disabled
• High Rates of Mental Illness in US, but Little Access to Services
• Survey Documents Access to Banking Services Among US Households
• Race Gap Persists Even at Higher Income and Education Levels
• Public Housing Assistance Has Some Long-Term Benefits for Children
• State Child Support Enforcement and TANF News
• Also of Note


Policy Briefing October 2016

Posted on October 7, 2016

• States Moving to Avoid Jailing Low-Income Defendants Who Are Awaiting Trial
• TANF Families Suffer High Rates of Trauma, Program Does Not Address It
• Impact of Payday and Auto Title Loans on Families with Low Income Described in New Report
• Two Governors Under Fire After Privatizing Welfare Services
• Rising Inequality Expanding the Black-White Wage Gap
• Incomes Up for Most in US in 2015, but Poverty Increased for Working-Age Adults and Children
• State Child Support Enforcement and TANF News
• Also of Note

Punishing the Poorest Families

Payday Lending and Auto Title Lending: Who Borrows and Why?

Posted on September 21, 2016

Payday and auto title loans threaten the economic security of some individuals, families and communities. The presence of loan stores combined with the absence of banks in these communities makes it tempting for mothers and fathers with economic need to take out an initial loan. The structure of the payday and auto title loans often furthers economic instability….


Policy Briefing September 2016

Posted on September 7, 2016


• Poorest Children of Single Mothers Became Poorer over First Decade of TANF
• HHS Releases Report on FY 2015 State TANF Spending
• Wide Racial Disparities in Top Mental Health Concerns for Children
• Installment Loans Might Be Just As Predatory as Payday Loans
• Seven States Cutting Eligible Residents from Federally Funded Food Stamp Benefits
• Expansion of Healthcare Coverage Found to Reap Benefits for Low-Income Families
• State Child Support Enforcement News