ERIC Number: ED445799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Lifting the Welfare Spending Shroud: The Ambiguity around Expenditures Lessens with First Release of Information. Special Report.
Noting that welfare reform offers new opportunities to apply dollars toward several initiatives beyond cash grants, this special report of the Voices for Illinois Children provides a detailed accounting of Illinois welfare expenditures for federal fiscal years (FFY) 1998 and 1999 and is intended to serve as a starting point toward greater clarity in future budget debates. The report identifies welfare funds as comprised of a fixed federal block grant and a minimum requirement for maintaining spending at 75 percent of the FY 1994 welfare allocations. State mechanisms for funding welfare-related programs are discussed, along with the resulting federal requirements regarding the use of TANF funds. In addition, the report presents a breakdown for welfare spending for FFY 1998 and 1999, noting that Illinois spent its entire TANF Federal Block Grant. Specific line items are annotated, and selected cross-year comparisons are presented. Expenditures are discussed and presented in tabular format in the following areas: (1) cash and work- based assistance, including emergency assistance and basic cash welfare; (2) work activities, including state and local funds that community colleges invest in services to welfare clients; (3) child care and transfers to the Child Care Development Fund; (4) administration for the Department of Human Services and the Department of Children and Family Services; and (5) the Social Service Block Grant. (KB)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Budgeting, Budgets, Children, Expenditures, State Federal Aid, Welfare Reform
Voices for Illinois Children, 208 South LaSalle, Suite 1490, Chicago, IL 60604; Tel: 800-252-8635 (Toll-Free), Tel 312-456-0600; Web Site: http://www.voices4kids.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families