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  • NJ A31
  • Increases amount of benefits under Work First New Jersey program by 30 percent over three years and according to Social Security cost of living increases thereafter.
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Veto Overridden
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill increases the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) program. The WFNJ program provides cash and other assistance to low-income New Jersey residents in order to alleviate the negative effects of poverty. WFNJ includes the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, which assists families with dependent children, and General Assistance, which assists adults without dependent children. Currently New Jersey's maximum benefit amount for WFNJ recipient households in $424 per month for a family of three. The bill would increase this amount to $466 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, $509 in FY 2019, and $551 in FY 2020. For FY 2021 and each year thereafter, the maximum benefit would be annually adjusted according to the cost of living adjustment applied under the federal Social Security program.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Received by the Assembly
Absolute Veto, Received in the Assembly  (on 7/31/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/31/2017 A Absolute Veto, Received in the Assembly
6/26/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (26-14)
6/26/2017 S Substituted for S3315 (1R)
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (48-24-2)
6/19/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/19/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Budget Committee
6/19/2017 Assembly Budget Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 *Revised 6/16/17 - A-4670 has been added. The following bills ha)
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 26 14 0
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S3315 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 48 24 8
Detail 6/19/2017 Assembly Budget Committee: Reported Favorably 8 4 1