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AZ to fund federal program for needy families

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (source: CBS 5 News) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (source: CBS 5 News)

Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered the Arizona Department of Economic Security to use $650,000 from its budget to support the federal program for low-income families through the end of October.

DES says about 13,300 families already were paid their monthly benefit by Oct. 2. That's 80 percent of those in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Due to the federal shutdown, funding of cash assistance dried up for the remaining 3,200 families.

The 16,500 families include more than 27,000 children.

Brewer's office says Arizona is one of 11 states to use only federal money to operate the TANF program.

The governor said the consequences to Arizona's vulnerable families will be dire if the federal government shutdown is not resolved by November

Should the federal government shutdown extend into next month, Brewer said the state may be faced with "catastrophic budgetary challenges and choices" about TANF and other programs for the needy.

"The failure of leadership in Washington is placing a heavy burden on our state, our core services and our citizens most in-need," Brewer said. "Simply put, Arizona cannot afford to pay the federal government's bills." 

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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