Boston Globe: State Set to Pass EBT Card Reforms

The state Legislature is likely to pass a new set of welfare reforms designed to reduce benefit (EBT) card abuse and increase employer incentives for hiring welfare recipients, according to the Boston Globe. The proposed changes have received criticism from both ends of the spectrum.

From the Globe:

[Massachusetts Law Reform Institute attorney Deborah] Harris said the bill fails to address the most pressing needs of the poor — namely, enhanced housing and transportation subsidies — while making a complex system even harder to navigate.

Jim Stergios, executive director of the conservative Pioneer Institute in Boston, said the bill includes some significant changes, requiring women who receive benefits to work further into their pregnancies, for instance.

But he said the state should make more robust use of technology to track spending by welfare recipients and root out fraud.

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