What do college scholarships, marriage counseling classes and crisis pregnancy centers have in common? In some states, they're funded by federal welfare dollars.
We are continuing our cross-country tour where we drop in on states to investigate how they spend welfare money, known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or TANF. This week: Michigan. The state spends about $100 million a year in TANF dollars on college scholarships—and many recipients are from families that earn more than $100,000 year.
Meanwhile, just 18 out of every 100 families living in poverty receives basic cash assistance.
If you're curious about how your state spends federal welfare dollars, check out this online tool from Marketplace.
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