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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Taylor
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-4-06
HB
SHORT TITLE Welfare Reform Policy Effectiveness
SJM 16
ANALYST Baca
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
None
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Joint Memorial 16 resolves that the Human Services Department (HSD) be requested to
collect such data and to convene a working families task force to examine and report on the data
and on the effectiveness of the welfare reform measures undertaken in the past decade, compar-
ing incomes, earnings and employment longevity of program participants and other relevant data
from the start of the temporary assistance for needy families program to the year 2005.
SJM 16 further resolves that the working families task force report to the welfare reform over-
sight committee by October 2006 on the effectiveness of the welfare reform measures under-
taken in the past decade. The task force is to include designees of the Secretary of Human Ser-
vices, the Secretary of Children, Youth and Families, the Secretary of Indian affairs, the Execu-
tive Director of the Office of Workforce Training and Development and five representatives of
appropriate community groups whose charters include serving the state's poorest people.
Copies of the memorial are to be transmitted to the Secretary of Human Services, the Secretary
of Children, Youth and Families, the Secretary of Indian affairs, the Executive Director of the
Office of Workforce Training and Development.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
SJM 16 contains no appropriation. Presumably, costs for the study will be borne by the Human
Services Department. Costs for the study may include expenses for the working families task
force, data collection and any data storage and retrieval software and additional staffing that may
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be required to implement the provisions of SJM 16.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The plight of the poor, the homeless and those who continue to learn substantially less than the
federal poverty level has been addressed by various welfare program reforms. Yet, it is observed,
the disparity between the haves and the have-nots appears to continue and even worsen. HJM 16
addresses the need for policy makers to know what impact their policy decisions are having on
the targeted populations.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
The information for making better informed policy decisions may not be available, and welfare
reform and\or assistance may not be as effective as desired.
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