Research / Fiscal Affairs


Policy Analysis | January 2020

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Roger Moore

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federal assistance program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established in 1996 as a replacement for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), TANF is designed to provide struggling families with financial assistance, childcare support and job preparation to achieve self-sufficiency. Under TANF, states receive block grants from the federal government to operate their own programs to meet the following objectives:

  1. “Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives”
  2. “End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage”
  3. “Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies”
  4. “Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families”1

The amount of the TANF block grant is based on states’ expenditures for AFDC during the fiscal year (FY) 1992-1995 period, when the number of public assistance recipients was relatively high.2 The total annual TANF block grant amounts to nearly $17 billion, with SLC states receiving grants from a high of $538,595,947 in Texas, to a low of $62,839,408 in Arkansas during FY 2018.3

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Comparative Data Reports | August 2019

Adult Correctional Systems, Education, Medicaid and Transportation

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track revenue sources, appropriations levels, performance measures, and a multitude of other metrics in Southern states. A useful tool for legislators and legislative staff alike, CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

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SLC Regional Resource | April 2019

Weathering the Storm: Assessing the Agricultural Impact of Hurricane Michael

Anne Roberts Brody

Note: Since the release of this report on April 15, 2019, Hurricane Michael was retroactively upgraded to a Category 5 storm.

Hurricane Michael roared onto the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018. A Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour — just shy of the 157 miles per hour necessary to be classified a Category 5 storm — it was the third strongest hurricane to strike the United States mainland. As Michael moved northeast across Alabama and Georgia, the hurricane’s fierce winds, towering storm surge and punishing rain caused billions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure in the Southern region.

For farmers in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, the timing of the storm could not have been worse. Just as harvest season for many vegetable and row crops was beginning, like a plague of locusts, Michael devoured nearly every farm in its path. This SLC Regional Resource, current as of April 15, 2019, reviews the agricultural impact of Hurricane Michael on Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Across the three states, cotton and timber were hardest hit, but damage to other agricultural products and infrastructure was equally devastating.

2019-2020
Chair

Representative
Penny Houston

Georgia

2019-2020
Vice Chair
Representative John Read, Mississippi

Representative
John Read

Mississippi

Immediate
Past Chair

(former) Representative
Eric Johnson

Texas

Committee
Liaison
Cody Allen

Cody Allen
Policy Analyst


Since its creation, members of the SLC Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee have focused on the myriad fiscal issues impacting state budgets and finances. Committee appointees include many of the finance and appropriations chairs from across the South along with other prominent fiscal players. The committee routinely examines the impact of the federal budget on state finances; state revenues and expenditures; national and regional economic outlooks; historical and developing fiscal trends; performance-based budgeting; e-commerce and taxation; and public pension plans. For more than 40 years, select fiscal research departments in the SLC member state legislatures have continued to provide annual Comparative Data Reports (CDRs), tracking revenue sources, appropriations levels, performance measures, and a multitude of other metrics in Southern states. A useful tool for legislators and legislative staff alike, CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, education, Medicaid and transportation.

More SLC Research into Fiscal Affairs


SLC Regional Resource | March 2019

Sports Betting in the South

Other | January 2019

Issues to Watch - 2019

Policy Analysis | September 2018

Poverty Statistics for Southern States

Policy Analysis | September 2017

SLC Member State Revenue Increases

Comparative Data Reports | July 2017

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Medicaid

Webinar | December 2015

SLC State Pensions: Latest Developments

Policy Analysis | July 2015

Public Pension Trends and Developments

Presentation | September 2014

Transportation Funding in the States

Policy Analysis | November 2013

Southern States' Legislative Budget Formats

Policy Analysis | January 2013

Fiscal and Economic Trends in the South

Presentation | July 2012

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

SLC Fiscal Alert | July 2012

Public Pensions: Emerging Trends

Comparative Data Reports | July 2012

Medicaid, Revenue and Transportation

Presentation | January 2012

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

SLC Regional Resource | January 2012

Municipal Bonds: Trends in 2011

Presentation | November 2011

State of State Budgets

Policy Analysis | October 2011

State Revenue Trends

Policy Analysis | November 2010

Economic Impact of the Great Recession

Presentation | October 2010

State Fiscal Issues

Presentation | July 2010

State Fiscal and Economic Outlook

Comparative Data Reports | November 2009

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Revenue

Presentation | May 2009

State Fiscal and Economic Outlook

Presentation | May 2009

Fiscal Outlook for the States

Presentation | March 2009

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

Presentation | March 2009

Fiscal Outlook for the States

Presentation | February 2009

Economic Status of the States

SLC Issue Alert | December 2008

Mid-Year Education Budget Reductions

SLC Issue Alert | June 2008

Actuarial Estimates in Public Pensions

SLC Special Series Report | June 2008

Innovative Programs in Funding State Homeland Security Needs

Comparative Data Reports | November 2007

Adult Correctional Systems, Education, Medicaid and Revenue

Presentation | November 2006

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

SLC Regional Resource | January 2006

State Rural Initiatives: Where the Money Comes From

SLC Special Series Report | October 2004

America's Public Retirement Systems: Stresses in the System

SLC Special Series Report | October 2004

Doing the Math: Southern State School Finance Systems

Presentation | December 2002

The Fiscal Crunch Confronting the South

Comparative Data Reports | November 2000

Adult Correctional Systems and Medicaid