A tax cut that benefits just the wealthy few is glaringly out of step with budget priorities of New Jersey, will make it harder to restore earlier funding cuts and will make it nearly impossible to do much to tackle some of the state’s other big problems, like growing poverty.
The TANF cash benefit, which is $424 a month for a family of three, has not been increased in 29 years. Ronald Reagan was still president, and the Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” was the top hit of the day.
Recent national research has shown that these caps do not affect parental choices as intended but instead penalize the babies, who are denied cash assistance, and the families, which are driven deeper into poverty.
Dwindling cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program has harmed families and children, but New Jersey can reverse course.
For the state to willingly worsen the plight of struggling New Jerseyans is an indefensible policy that borders on the immoral. Legislators should do everything in their power to force the state to reverse course.
SNAP serves the most vulnerable people in our state, and further cuts to the program will continue to push these families further to the brink.
We can start make a real difference if we at least eliminate those state policies and actions that are acting making poverty worse in New Jersey.
Officials emphasized that the termination was a federal requirement and beyond New Jersey’s control. But that is only part of the story.
In its last scheduled meeting of the session, the Senate Commerce Committee tabled a landmark bill that would have prohibited surprise medical billing, reduced cost sharing and promoted much greater transparency.
The Affordable Care Act has been remarkably successful in increasing the number of New Jerseyans with health insurance, data from the U.S. Census Bureau released today shows.