Texas and the TANF Block Grant

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Eva DeLuna Castro /(512) 320-0222 x 103
Celia Cole /(512) 320-0222 x110
Don Baylor /(512) 320-0222 x 108

November 11, 2005

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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant is the sixth largest source of federal funds in the Texas state budget. TANF is second only to Medicaid in the support it provides for state health and human services. This Policy Brief analyzes Texas’ fiscal and policy choices regarding TANF, in light of pending federal reauthorization and mounting federal deficits.