Massachusetts Fails on Welfare Reform

Date: March 31, 2015

Heartland Institute Gives Commonwealth an "F"

Massachusetts is among 7 states that earned an “F” for welfare reform, according to a new report, as it sucked more than $1 billion from state and federal coffers in 2013 alone.

The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit that champions free-market principles, docked the commonwealth for its low requirements for work, and wrote that “the state has done little to change policies while other states have improved theirs.”

Massachusetts should adopt work requirements, empower caseworkers with a cash diversion option, impose time lifetime limits on eligibility for aid, and do more to enforce eligibility rules,” the authors of the report wrote.

Massachusetts ranked 49th nationwide, ahead of only Missouri.

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