low-income Arizona families
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), released this statement regarding the governor’s directive to the state Department of Economic Security to cover the cost of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program through October.
“I commend Gov. Brewer’s decision. There are more than 16,000 low-income families in Arizona who rely on TANF money. Arizona is one of a few states in the country that only uses federal funding to pay for this program. The federal government shut down before many families received assistance. This money is often considered a lifeline. Without it, these families could face crisis.
“The governor needed to make Arizona families a priority and to show leadership. We could not leave some of the most vulnerable people in our communities to suffer. Gov. Brewer made the right call but this is a short-term solution for an immediate problem. If the federal government shutdown continues through the end of the month, we will have to find more ways to help needy families get the resources they rely on. My colleagues and I will continue to monitor this situation and will work to ensure that Arizona families remain a priority.”