BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick has signed a mid-year spending bill that may impact EBT card reform.
Governor Deval Patrick has signed a $125 million midyear spending bill. A good portion of it will pay for last winter's snow and ice removal costs and other expenses.
But Patrick is sending back sections related to welfare reform. Instead of requiring photo identification on EBT cards, he's asking the Department of Transitional Assistance to study its effectiveness and report back to the Legislature in three years. Last week the governor said many opponents of EBT card photo ID were concerned about the cost.
"Whether we get the benefits from the cost of photos on cards and about what the impact is on elders and people with disabilities, so we have to think all that through," said Governor Deval Patrick.
Former Governor Mitt Romney rejected EBT photo ID out of concern that it was not cost effective.
Items that were approved in the spending bill include $13 million toward the June 25th U.S. Senate special election and $10 million toward summer jobs for at-risk youth.