A little known change was made in the budget passed in the middle of the night this year – a family on TANF were reduced to a lifetime maximum of one year. Think about that. A family who is in poverty can get help from the state for only one year. Is one year enough to get out of poverty? To get through school? To get a job with a living wage? Arizona now has the shortest time for assistance of any state in the country. Before this budget passed, it was five years.
Please contact Governor Doug Ducey and let him know this is not going to stand. Contact your state Senator and both state Representatives and tell them that in January of 2016, they must fix this and return to the 5 year maximum.