Moving Families into Economic Stability
JRLC's 2017 legislative agenda is focused on assisting families in their work to achieve economic stability. To help us advocate for these issues, please register for our 2017 Day on the Hill. You're always welcome to contact our office if you have thoughts on or questions about getting more engaged in advocacy.
More information on each of our agenda items will be added to our website within the coming weeks.
Strengthen the Safety Net for Low-income Families and Children
The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides work support and temporary cash assistance for children and their parents - often low wage workers between jobs. MFIP cash assistance for a family of three is a maximum of $532 per month. It has not changed since 1986. We support an increase of $100 per month for these families.
Remove the Marriage Disincentive for Families on MFIP
Under current law, parents on MFIP often lose their benefits when they marry, based on the addition of the new spouse's income. This loss of benefits creates a disincentive for couples to marry. We know children benefit from stable families with two parents. Under our proposal, families participating in MFIP would be eligible to continue their participation for 18 months after they marry, without regard to the new spouse's income. They would receive no additional funds for marrying.
Improve the Working Family Credit and Increase Assets for Working Families
The Working Family Credit provides a tax credit for working people with lower incomes, helping them meet basic needs and support their families. JRLC supports expansion of the Credit to provide tax relief to these families and to include younger workers.