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Statement in Response to Governor’s Veto of Lift the Cap on Kids

Wednesday, August 8, 2018  
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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National Association of Social Workers – MA Chapter

Statement in Response to Governor’s Veto of Lift the Cap on Kids

As a member of the Lift the Cap on Kids Coalition, we are extremely disappointed in Governor Baker’s decision to veto the repeal of the Cap on Kids, or Family Cap. This repeal, which has bipartisan support in both branches of the Legislature and from 122 organizations throughout the state, would have eliminated this failed and unjust policy. The Cap on Kids harms 8,700 vulnerable children and their families in our state by denying TAFDC cash benefits to children conceived while or soon after their families receive assistance.


Social workers are committed to social justice and recognizing dignity and worth of the person regardless of the situation into which they are born. By denying the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children and families assistance with essential items such as diapers and weather-appropriate clothing, our state is reinforcing poverty, rather than eliminating it.


Governor Baker’s decision to veto the repeal of the Family Cap in the state budget is shameful, but we are thankful to have strong allies in the House and Senate who will work to repeal this harmful policy in January 2019 when formal session begins. It is time that Massachusetts joins the ranks of 33 other states that have repealed or refrained from enacting a similar policy. We extend our appreciation to the lead co-sponsors of this legislation, Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Marjorie Decker, as well as Senate President Karen Spilka, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez. Together, we will continue to fight to make the Commonwealth a fair and equitable place for all.




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