Federalism in Welfare Programs Essay

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Federalism In Welfare Programs POL 201 August 15, 2013 Federalism and Welfare Programs This essay is to inform you of federal policy issues involving welfare causing conflicting debates between national, state, and local government and how these conflicting issues relate to federalism. Federalism is “A government system where power and authority are shared by national and states governments, with the ultimate authority derived from the people. (Levin-Waldman, 2012). This paper will also describe the history of TANF and discuss debates about the pros and cons of TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and the problems they are intended to solve or improve and the effectiveness of them both. When people think about welfare…show more content…
In contrast the federal government can withhold funds from programs states likes or needs if they don’t implement programs that national governments want”. (Levin-Waldmin, 2012). The block grant is a federal-state partnership approach that recognizes our countries obligations to help vulnerable constituencies in a way that is tailored and politically feasible to address local needs. (Forenza, 2013). “Federal government programs such as TANF have greater impacts on state and local governments. According to Bane state and local participation is a way to accomplish national goals and make local self-governments an essential part of national teamwork. (McDowell, 2011). TANF gave the states some of its power back but not all of it because the federal government is still in control because the states rely on the block grant for funding welfare programs. Block grants are normally matching grants where recipients have to match the money the federal government allots them but, “if federal matching rates raise benefit levels then matching should have a bigger effect on total spending than on just benefit levels. Matching grants play a crucial role in expanding state commitments to assist the needy. Under TANF states benefit levels effect a states benefit cost.” (Chernick, 2000). It is ridiculous that states have to
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