SJR 21: Urging the United States Congress to extend the authorization date for supplemental block grants to the State of Alaska under the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 21 01 Urging the United States Congress to extend the authorization date for supplemental 02 block grants to the State of Alaska under the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy 03 Families Program. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant 06 program established in the 1996 federal welfare reform legislation, the Personal 07 Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), included 08 modest supplemental grants for 17 relatively poor or rapidly growing states; and 09 WHEREAS the State of Alaska was awarded a supplemental grant because the state's 10 population increased by more than 10 percent between April 1, 1990, and July 1, 1994; and 11 WHEREAS the supplemental grants included in PRWORA were authorized only 12 through federal fiscal year 2001, while the remainder of the law was authorized through 13 federal fiscal year 2002; and 14 WHEREAS, because the supplemental grants will expire, Alaska will face a reduction 15 in its TANF funding in the amount of $6,900,000, or 13 percent of its block grant, starting at
01 the beginning of federal fiscal year 2002 on October 1, 2001; and 02 WHEREAS the elimination of the supplemental TANF grant could force Alaska to 03 scale back its welfare reform efforts, which have been very successful in moving people off 04 welfare, into work, and out of poverty; and 05 WHEREAS the TANF block grant provides a broad range of services to Alaskans 06 through the Alaska temporary assistance program, including cash benefits, child care, case 07 management, job development, job training and placement, program administration, 08 transportation, and other supportive services; and 09 WHEREAS the TANF block grant provides other essential services to needy 10 Alaskans not receiving welfare, including child care, child protection, the Head Start program, 11 victims of domestic violence, the Healthy Family program, pregnancy prevention, and teen 12 parent services; and 13 WHEREAS the elimination of the supplemental TANF grant will also result in the 14 loss of federal funding to some or all of these programs and services; 15 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature calls upon the United States 16 Congress to continue the TANF supplemental block grants through federal fiscal year 2002, 17 the end of the full TANF authorization period. 18 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 19 Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 20 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and to all the other members 21 of the 107th United States Congress.