Many dependents from low-income families find themselves in a tough spot because income earned while developing their skillset for the workforce, like participating in an internship, could count against their families’ benefits.

Starting Jan. 1, income earned through an internship or work-based program will no longer impact a family’s eligibility for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This new law, authored by State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), is meant to empower the next generation of Hoosier workers by removing this barrier to opportunity. Students should feel confident to pursue opportunities and challenges that will prepare them for a good-paying job without worrying about whether their families’ benefits would be negatively impacted.

This comes as Indiana continues to skill-up its workforce through the Next Level Jobs Initiative, which offers Workforce Ready Grants covering tuition for Hoosiers wanting to earn a high-value certificate for an in-demand job. According to NextLevelJobs.org, more than 45,000 jobs are open in a variety fields including health care and advanced manufacturing.

For more information about this new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, click here.