STATEHOUSE (Feb. 9, 2021) – The House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs today advanced legislation co-authored by State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) to help Hoosier workers who may decline a pay bump over fear of quickly losing government benefits.
DeVon, chair of the committee, said this legislation would expand income eligibility requirements for the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families program to 50% of the federal poverty level by 2025. Under current requirements, an eligible families' income needs to fall between 13% and 16% of the federal poverty level, which equates to a gross yearly income of $8,547 for a family of four. DeVon said the legislation would help create a gradual phase-out of assistance as an eligible household's income increases to prevent Hoosiers from losing their benefits entirely if they accept a pay bump.
"All Hoosiers deserve opportunities to advance in their jobs and earn more money, but the reality is that a raise may not offset the loss of government assistance for some low-income workers," DeVon said. "To help these Hoosiers in situations like this, we want to gradually phase-out their benefits instead of cutting them entirely – and that's what this bill does."
According to DeVon, this legislation builds on a current law removing barriers to opportunity by exempting dependents' income earned through internships or work-based learning programs from their families' benefits.
House Bill 1009 now heads to the House Ways and Means for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes portions of St. Joseph County.
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