July/August 2017 Policy Briefing

Posted on July 5, 2017


• Parents Behind in Child Support Payments Suffer Higher Rates of Mental Health Problems
• Environmental Cuts Have Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color
• States with Greater Minority Populations Provide Lowest TANF Benefits
• Gun Violence Harms Economic Health of Communities
• Thousands of Laws in Southern States Prevent Post-Incarceration Survival
• State Policy and Practice News
• Also of Note

June 2017 Policy Briefing

Posted on June 3, 2017


• Trump Budget Proposal Would Eviscerate Programs for Low-Income Families
• Report Confirms Low-Income Fathers Often Unable to
Meet Child Support Obligations and Unlikely to Have Legal Access to Their Children
• Access to Medical Care and Health Outcomes Improve in States that Expanded Medicaid
• Children From Persistently Poor Families Least Likely to Escape Poverty as Adults
• Pretrial Bail and Payment of Traffic Fines Raise Funds for States at the Expense of the Poor
• MDRC Pairs with Fatherhood Programs to Study the Impact of Three Innovations
• State Policy and Practice News

May 2017 Policy Briefing

Posted on May 9, 2017


• Two Lawsuits Aim to End Practice of Arresting Victims of Domestic Violence
• HHS and States Pushing for Medicaid Work Requirements
• Number of States Imposing New Restrictions on Public Benefits Continues to Grow
• Unprecedented Decline in Home Ownership Among Black Families
• Low-Income Families Increasingly Vulnerable to Utility Shut-Off
• State Policy and Practice News

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

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: 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