Massachusetts House votes to abolish so-called Cap on Kids

BOSTON (AP) — A bill approved by the Massachusetts House would abolish a rule that denies welfare benefits to children born into families already receiving public assistance.

The 153-1 vote Wednesday moves the Legislature close to lifting the so-called Cap on Kids, which critics say is outdated and hurts an estimated 9,000 low-income children in Massachusetts.

The Senate passed a similar measure last week. The two chambers must agree on a final version.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a budget amendment last summer that would have lifted the cap. Baker said he would support the change if it was tied to other welfare eligibility reforms.

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No override vote was possible last year because the Legislature had already ended formal sessions. Baker hasn’t said what he’ll do if the current bill reaches his desk.

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