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

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

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

Policy Briefing August 2016

Posted on August 4, 2016

• The True Impact of Work Requirements
• Eligible Applicants at Risk of Losing Food Stamp Benefits in Two States
• Mortality Risk Highest for Low-Income African American Men
• Income Mobility Declines
• Majority of Working Class Will be Non-White by 2032
• Fact Sheets Available for Every State Showing Impact of the Safety Net
• State Child Support Enforcement News
• Also of Note