Senate Passes Legislation Promoting Investment in Families Throughout the Commonwealth

“By every metric the Cap on Kids was an unfair, ineffective, and callous policy that penalized children,” said James T. Welch (D- West Springfield). “It is about time we got rid of it and reaffirm the Commonwealth’s commitment to helping those families who are most in need.”

The new policy would start September 1, 2019, and makes the repeal retroactive to January 1, 2019. Upon implementation, those 8,700 children who are, or would be, excluded from grant calculations will now be included, resulting in accurate monthly benefits for family size.  The fiscal year 2019 budget already provides funding for this change, which was included in the House and Senate conference committee report but the Governor.

Yesterday, legislation concerning the ‘Cap on Kids’ and was sent back to the House for approval