LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN: TANF Emergency Fund Extension

 

Legislative Bulletin: TANF Emergency Fund Extension
Summary Points
  • The TANF Emergency Fund provided North Carolina with critical funding to child care subsidies ($23.6 million), More at Four ($30.5 million), Work First family assistance ($9.7 million) and to the subsidized jobs program ($11.4 million). Taken together, these programs served to support working families and provide job opportunities for low-income adults.

  • Studies show that wage subsidy programs can create jobs and connect workers to employment opportunities, creating wealth and spurring business.

  • Without the TANF Emergency Fund extension, the subsidized jobs program in North Carolina will end on September 30, 2010. All county programs received noticed in July to end spending on the program in preparation for the end of the federal program and already 5 programs have had to shut down. 

  • Ending these subsidized job programs will cost jobs, remove much-needed income from local economies, adversely affect local businesses, and make it impossible for many low-income parents to cover basic expenses. This is the opposite of what the nation needs at a time when the economic recovery remains precarious. 
  • Congress must act quickly to extend the TANF Emergency Fund for another full year to ensure that those already employed can stay in their positions and those still unemployed can participate.
 

 
TANF Emergency Fund
 
 
Projected Jobs
Actual Jobs
Unemployment Rate July 2010
Alamance
6
4
10.8
Alexander
25
11
13.1
Anson
10
22
12.6
Bladen
25
23
11.6
Buncombe
13
9
8
Catawba
10
12
12.5
Cleveland
40
48
12.8
Columbus
25
68
11.9
Cumberland
20
10
9.1
Edgecombe
100
80
14.5
Greene
40
8
10.1
Guilford
40
24
10.8
Johnston
18
6
8.8
Lincoln
18
20
12.1
McDowell
14
9
11.5
Mecklenburg
500
400
10.7
Nash
2
0
12
Orange
20
19
6.5
Richmond
15
3
13.1
Rutherford
35
0
14.6
Sampson
3
2
8.3
Wayne
3
0
8.4
Wilkes
1
2
12.7
Wilson
55
76
12.4
 
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