Governor Charles D. Baker's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2017

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Earned Income Disregard I

SECTION 18.   Section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 is hereby amended by striking out subsection (d) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(d) The department shall establish levels of assistance that vary according to whether families qualify for the exempt categories of assistance established in subsection (e). Families of comparable size and financial circumstances that are determined to qualify for said exempt categories of assistance shall be awarded a higher standard of payment than the assistance awarded to families not so qualifying. The lower payment standard shall be 2 and 3/4 per cent below the higher standard. An earnings disregard of 50 per cent of earned income shall be provided to both exempt and nonexempt families subject to the terms of subsection (g). Neither said lower payment standard nor said 50 per cent disregard shall be effective unless the other provision is also effective.

This section, together with the subsequent section, changes the formula by which the amount of benefits under the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program is calculated by increasing the amount of earned income that may be retained by the recipient to a flat 50%, regardless of whether the recipient is exempt from work requirements.

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