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

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

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….