Helping end generational poverty with a hand-up

I am co-authoring a bill this year that would build on this new law and address a problem known as the “cliff effect.” Currently, if an individual receiving TANF benefits accepts a raise, promotion or change their position for more money, they could be immediately disqualified for state financial assistance, even though they may not be in a significantly better financial situation. This bill would expand the TANF income requirements, so Hoosiers beginning to earn more money through a postsecondary degree, workforce training or apprenticeship program would see a gradual decrease of TANF payments overtime rather than immediately losing out on all benefits at once.

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