Override Governor’s Veto of Legislation Lifting the Welfare Cap Senate #19

Vote Description

This was a vote to override the Governor’s veto of H.3594, An Act to lift the cap on kids. This bill removes taxpayer protections that prevent welfare recipients from collecting public funds for children born AFTER the parent's initial determination of eligibility for welfare programs. These protection were originally put in place to disincentive people from having children solely for the reason of increasing monthly welfare payments.

Mass Fiscal Explanation

Mass Fiscal supports sustaining the Governor's veto of this bill because reforms must be implemented prior to removal of the welfare cap. Some MA taxpayers, who do not qualify for state welfare aid, make the decision to not have children for financial considerations. We do not believe this is an undue burden and one which people recieving state assistance are similarly capable of shouldering. Link to bill: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3594/BillHistory?pageNumber=2 Link to Senate Roll Calls for this bill. Refer to #21: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3594/RollCall

Mass Fiscal's Stance

Vote result on 04/25/2019




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