Act to Reduce Deep Poverty Among Kids (H102/S36)
Lead sponsors: Rep. Marjorie Decker and Sen. Sal DiDomenico
In order to ensure that no family lives in deep poverty, this bill provides incremental annual increases so that TAFDC grant amounts eventually reach 50% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is expected to take approximately 4 years, at which time TAFDC would be adjusted for inflation each year so families are always able to reach 50% of the FPL. Other states have built-in an adjustment for inflation, including New Hampshire, California, Arkansas, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, and Wyoming. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have raised TAFDC grants since July 2017. In Massachusetts, rather than TAFDC increasing due to inflation, TAFDC spending has steadily declined even though the number of children living in poverty has not.
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