Given the current economic situation with many unemployed Texans struggling— but even during robust economic times—the Legislature should ensure that scarce taxpayer dollars going to safety net programs that intend to help Texans in need are used in the most effective way to provide determined support and quickly move people to self-sufficiency.

Expanding economic opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency starts with an institutional framework that provides ways for Texans to prosper. Also, there is a need to improve safety nets to better assist those in need, starting with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Testimony in support of HB 1516 submitted to the Texas House Committee on Human Services.