Spending on Social Welfare Programs in Rich and Poor States. Final Report.. Field Visit Documentation

07/01/2004

The study "Spending on Social Welfare Programs in Rich and Poor States" examined the policies, institutions, and processes of six states with low fiscal capacity and high social needs to better understand how these states make decisions in funding social welfare programs, and to identify factors that influence their social welfare spending. The six states selected for analysis were Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia. This Appendix includes a brief discussion of the fiscal capacity and need measures for the six states examined and the methodology used for this study component. Also included are narratives that briefly describe significant features of each state's budget process, its reaction to federal welfare reform, and trends in non-Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) federal programs that influence state social welfare spending decisions.

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