Higher cash payments, grants to nonprofits among TANF changes taking effect July 1

At long last, Tennessee’s overhaul of its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is finally taking effect.

Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday joined members of the state legislature for a ceremonial signing of a bill that, after months of negotiations, will force the state to spend down much of its more than $700 million reserve of unused federal grants intended to help poor working families.

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