NETWORK supports a fair federal estate tax. The estate tax has been an important source of federal revenue for almost a century—until January 2010. In 2001, President Bush and Congress created a schedule in which the estate tax would be gradually reduced until 2010, when it would disappear. However, without a legislative change it is to return to 2001 levels in 2011.
Tenant-based rental assistance grew from its inception in 1974 until 2002. There were no new vouchers until 2008, when about 15,000 new vouchers were established to compensate for 150,000 lost. Another 13,000 new vouchers were funded in 2009.
NETWORK calls on Congress to pass a Faithful Budget that is accountable to the 100%. That budget must include reasonable revenue to support responsible programs that comprise the social safety net, such as WIC, SNAP, Medicaid. NETWORK focuses on elements of the federal budget that move our nation and world toward economic justice. We analyze the elements to determine how they affect people at the margins and those with the least economic power.
H.R. 2929, the Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2009, introduced by Rep. Davis (D-IL) and S. 1309, Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2009, introduced by Sen. Bayh (D-IN), seek to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act that pertains to TANF in order to promote responsible fatherhood and strengthen low-income families. Read more
Child care subsidies have been critical for families who receive TANF benefits, especially as they transition off of TANF and into employment. With the emphasis on Welfare-to-work under the changes in legislation in 1996, families need the support of child care in order to ensure that their children are being looked after while working. Subsidies also boost opportunities for families to seek child care programs that they believe are safe and provide educational opportunities for their children.
Under the new block grant system, states receive federal funds and match this amount with state funds to use as they see fit to meet the objectives of TANF in varying manners. In order to continue receipt of funds, states must demonstrate a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirement, in which each state matches the federal funds provided for services that must fall into one of the four objectives stated above for eligible families.
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