Gov. Baker vetoes ‘Cap on kids,’ lawmakers still pass it

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BOSTON (WWLP) – After a bill to lift the ‘Cap on Kids’ failed last session lawmakers filed it again but this time around, they weren’t deterred by the governor’s veto.     

The ‘Cap on Kids’ or Family Cap prevents Massachusetts families from receiving more money in welfare benefits if they have another child. 

Welfare benefits in Massachusetts are based on family size. Many states have similar policies to discourage women on welfare from having more children. 

State legislators are working to lift that cap because they say mothers aren’t choosing to have children to receive more welfare benefits.

Governor Charlie Baker vetoed the bill that was proposed and passed by the legislature because he says his administration is already taking a comprehensive approach to welfare reform. 

“We’ve said all along we believe this is best dealt with as a package the legislature has a different point of view on that,” Gov. Baker said. 

The governor said the welfare reforms he proposed would help families pay for shelter and would also provide assistance for homeless veterans.

He also said he’s not opposed to working with the legislature on the issues surrounding family benefits but he would need to see some of the provisions he’s proposed to sign it into law. 

The House repealed the governor’s veto on Thursday and it’s now headed to the Senate and if it passes there it would immediately become law. 

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