Project Bread is deeply disappointed to learn that yesterday, Governor Baker vetoed legislation that would lift a decades-old restriction that limits low-income families’ access to Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) to children born prior to the date a family first began receiving benefits. In effect, this legislation ties the determination of eligibility for critical assistance for some of the state’s most vulnerable children to birth order.
At Project Bread, we know that food insecurity is not caused by scarcity of food, but by systemic barriers that result in unequal access to basic necessities. This legislation seeks to remove a major barrier for 8,700 Massachusetts children. We are grateful to the sponsors of the legislation, Senator DiDomenico and Representative Decker, for their support of these families and to the overwhelming majority of legislators who voted to lift the cap. We encourage the legislature to act swiftly to override the Governor’s veto.
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