2011 TANF benefits worth less than 1996

The purchasing power of TANF benefits in 2011 is now at least 20% below the 1996 levels in 34 states, after adjusting for inflation. During this year, six states (including California) and the District of Columbia cut cash aid to families, impacting more than 700,000 low-income families, or over one-third of all low-income families on TANF. Read the CBPP report.