General Fund update 2-22-12 -- TANF, child support enforcement program could end amid budget cuts

Alabama could eliminate its child support enforcement program and end participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program next year because of budget cuts, Department of Human Resources (DHR) commissioner Nancy Buckner told legislators today at a General Fund budget hearing in Montgomery. Reduced funding for the state's mental health and public health agencies could mean hundreds of job losses and drastic service cutbacks amid a potential 25 percent General Fund shortfall, lawmakers also heard today.

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