From Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless:
While very few amendments made it into the final House budget (on any subject matter), a major step forward was the inclusion of language from Representative Marjorie Decker’s amendment to eliminate the family cap rule in the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program (TAFDC;see the related bill fact sheet here
) so that more children can receive TAFDC benefits. House leadership modified the proposed implementation date to beJuly 1, 2019
, the start of fiscal year ’20, instead of July 1, 2018
, the start of FY’19. Congratulations to our partners from Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Greater Boston Legal Services who have been leading a large coalition to advocate on this critical campaign. We will keep supporting their efforts so that the final budget includes lifting the “cap on kids”.
Please thank your Representative if she/he signed onto these amendments. You can reach them via the State House switchboard, 617-722-2000, or by looking them up on www.wheredoivotema.com
. *House members still will have a say in the development of the final FY’19 budget, so their ongoing support is crucial.*
Next Thursday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to release their budget recommendations. We will need your help in securing Senate amendment cosponsors and in getting Senators to actively support key amendments. In the meantime, let your Senator know that you want to see the strongest Senate budget possible on homelessness, housing, and benefits issues. A call script is below.