Explore EMPath’s Advocacy pages to learn more about how we advocate for legislative initiatives to support low-income families in Massachusetts trying to navigate the multi-faceted, multi-year challenge of moving out of poverty.

2019-2020 Priority Legislation

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An Act Improving the Earned Income Credit for Healthier Families (HD3052/SD863)

Sponsors: Representative Majorie Decker, Senator Jamie Eldridge

Increases the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 30 percent to 50 percent of the federal EITC to reward work and increase economic mobility.

An Act Relative to Economic Mobility for Families with Low-Income (HD2519/SD910)

Sponsors: Representative Aaron Vega, Senator Jason Lewis

Requires the collection of data and coordination needed to identify the most effective self-sufficiency programs and examines the impact of cliff effects tied to minimum wage increases.

An Act Establishing a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (HD1511/SD953)

Sponsors: Representative Jennifer Benson, Senator Jason Lewis

Creates a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) which can reimburse students if the for-profit school they attended closed, failed to provide the services promised to their students, or violated state law.

An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (HD3872/SD864)

Sponsors: Representative Adrian Madaro, Senator Jamie Eldridge

Puts the MRVP in state statute, and would connect allowable rent levels to the current fair market rents.

An Act to Protect Families Experiencing Homelessness from Having to Sleep in Unsafe Places (HD2406)

Sponsor: Representative Majorie Decker

Provides Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter to otherwise eligible families with children without requiring families to prove that they already stayed in a place not meant for human habitation.

An Act to Lift the Cap on Kids/An Act Relative to the Well-Being and Care of a Child (HD3043/SD1452)

Sponsors: Representative Majorie Decker, Senator Sal DiDomenico

Lifts the cap on kids in the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program that currently prohibits 8,700 children from receiving benefits because of when the child was conceived.

An Act to Lift the Cap on Kids/An Act Relative to the Well-Being and Care of a Child (HD3043/SD1452)

Sponsors: Representative Majorie Decker, Senator Sal DiDomenico

Lifts the cap on kids in the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program that currently prohibits 8,700 children from receiving benefits because of when the child was conceived.