by Evan Wilt
Posted 5/29/15, 09:00 am
Arizona lawmakers have restricted federally funded welfare benefits to the narrowest time window in the nation.
The restrictions apply to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), which provides cash assistance and potential child-care subsidies for low-income or jobless parents. Under the new state budget, Arizona will cut the longevity of TANF benefits from 24 to 12 months.
State Sen. Kelli Ward, a Republican who debated in favor of the budget cut in March, believes welfare programs are crutches keeping citizens from getting back on their feet.