Friday, November 20, 2015

The Holiday Season Is A Time For Compassion: Reverse TANF Cuts

The Holiday Season Is A Time For Compassion: Reverse TANF Cuts

The holiday season is here, and Gov. Ducey seemed to be in the holiday spirit last month when he told Department of Economic Security employees, "Our Number 1 obligation not only as public servants but as human beings is to care for those who cannot care for themselves." His actions paint a different picture.

Just before claiming a moral obligation to care for those in need, Gov. Ducey announced that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, cuts passed in March would be implemented despite a large budget surplus. And the legislative Republicans who made Arizona’s temporary assistance program the most restricted in the country are the same Republicans who approved almost $60 million in tax cuts this fiscal year and almost $112 million for next fiscal year.

The average TANF recipient in Arizona receives only $195 per month. Yet for thousands of families, that money makes all the difference in the world. So when at least 1,600 families are cut off from TANF next year, they will be losing the support that often means the difference between eating or not. That means that, come next year, Arizona will be home to 2,700 more children who might not get a warm meal on Thanksgiving, or any other day.

Don’t these children sound exactly like those “who cannot care for themselves?” Click here to find out how to contact the governor and encourage him to get into the holiday spirit and do more for those in need.

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