To disrupt poverty today – and for future generations – we need to develop public policy measures that dedicate the support systems, funding and time needed to create economic mobility and stability for low-income families.
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.
Our priority bills are selected based on input from families and staff. EMPath plays a leadership role in the coalitions that are moving these bills forward.
Cash Assistance Increase
An act to lift kids out of deep poverty (H.199/S.96)
Sponsors: Rep. Decker, Sen. DiDomenico
Raises the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) grant by 20% with the goal of reaching 50% of the Federal Poverty Level in order to lift families out of deep poverty. Grants have only been raised by 10% in the past 20 years and are currently not tied to inflation. Led by the Lift Our Kids Coalition. (The corresponding budget effort is also one of our FY23 budget priorities.)
Universal Child Care
An act providing affordable and accessible high quality early education and care to promote child development and well-being and support the economy in the Commonwealth (H.605/S.362)
Sponsors: Rep. Gordon, Rep. Madaro, Sen. Lewis, Sen. Moran
Establishes a system of affordable, high-quality early education and care for all children from birth through age 5 as well as after- and out-of-school time for children ages 5-12, and for children with special needs through age 15. Promoting racial equity requires investing in access to affordable, high-quality child care for all. Even before the pandemic, Black and multiracial parents experienced early education and child care-related job disruptions at nearly twice the rate of white parents. Led by the Common Start Coalition.