October 5, 2013 2:50 pm -

No other state has done what Jan Brewer’s Arizona has, making the most needy suffer because of the government shutdown, even though the state would be reimbursed when the government reopens.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration announced this week that 5,700 families eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would not be receiving their checks, which average $207 a month, while the federal government is shut down.

Federal officials have told state welfare directors that they could use alternative sources of funding during the shutdown to keep assistance programs funded, and they will be reimbursed when the federal government re-opens.