FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23rd, 2015
Senator Gardner Urges Immediate Consideration and Passage of HB 106
A $64 million dollar question: Why have we failed to act to protect “Temporary funding for Needy Families” and efforts to collect child support from parents?
JUNEAU – In the fourth day of an extended session, Senate leadership has the opportunity to ensure retention of federal funding for Alaska’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the funding which operates the agency charged with collecting court ordered child support from non-compliant parents.
“One can dislike procedures of the federal government, but we simply cannot afford to leave our children without the support they need. The TANF program for low-income families and single mothers literally keeps food on the table. It is unconscionable throw that away over unrelated ideological disagreements with the federal government,” stated Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage).
In Alaska, the TANF program, run through the Department of Health and Social Services, distributes approximately forty-five million dollars in federal block grants to needy and low income families. Nineteen million in federal funds are also distributed through Alaska’s Child Support Services Division to enforce child support orders. According to officials at the Collections & Support Section, loss of these funds would be crippling. All these funds, totaling $64 million, could be lost without passage of HB 106.
For more information contact Senator Gardner at (907) 465-4930.