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Cash Assistance Policies

This policy inventory compiles some family cash assistance policies that states can choose to put into place to support economic security for families with young children.

Universal Basic Income

  • Establishing a guaranteed income program

More than 48 guaranteed income programs have been started in cities nationwide since 2020. Some efforts are publicly funded, and others have nongovernmental support.

Sources:

Stanford University Basic Income Lab: Map of Universal Basic Income Experiments and Related Programs

Economic Security Project: Guaranteed Income: States Lead the Way in Reimagining the Social Safety Net and Cash as Care: Healthy Moms. Healthy Families. Healthy Communities.

New York Times: Guaranteed Income Programs Spread, City by City

NCSL: Economic Mobility Enacted Legislation Database

Child Trust Fund

  • Creating subsidized wealth building and investment accounts for individual children

Example:

District of Columbia

Source:

NCSL: Economic Mobility Enacted Legislation Database

Unemployment Insurance

  • Setting new unemployment insurance policy.

States can set their own policies on the coverage, duration, and amount of state-provided unemployment benefits, and the New America playbook noted below shows that implementation – how unemployment insurance is delivered – matters. 

State policies vary considerably. Only one state offers a minimum of 28 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

Sources:

CBPP: Policy Basics: How Many Weeks of Unemployment Compensation Are Available?

CBPP: Historic Unemployment Programs Provided Vital Support to Workers and the Economy During Pandemic, Offer Roadmap for Future Reform

New America: A Playbook for Improving Unemployment Insurance Delivery

NCCP: Early Childhood Profiles