ERIC Number: ED445169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-8
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Senate Appropriations Bill Contains Severe Reductions in Social Services Block Grant: Program Funds Services for Vulnerable Low-Income Children and People Who Are Elderly or Disabled.
Primus, Wendell; Daugirdas, Kristina
The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a $1.1 billion reduction in the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), a decrease of almost two-thirds of funding. This program has provided a flexible source of funding that enables states to meet the needs of their most vulnerable populations, low- and moderate-income children, and people who are elderly or disabled. Cuts in the SSBG could reduce funds that allow the elderly and disabled to remain in their own homes rather than being institutionalized, and such cuts could weaken welfare reform efforts by reducing funding for child care services and other supports for families that have moved from welfare to work. In addition, the SSBG helps fund services for people with mental retardation and other disabilities. Some states may be able to compensate for some of the reduction in SSBG through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds, but overall, only 11 states could offset even one-fourth of the SSBG cut if they increased the portion of TANF funds to transfer to the SSBG to 4.25%, the maximum amount of transfer allowed in fiscal year 2001. Cutting the SSBG is also likely to weaken states' confidence in federal block grants. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.