State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Jay Gonzalez: Address the affordable housing crisis

we must address the affordable housing crisis we face in Massachusetts. Families are being squeezed from every direction and the dream of home ownership is out of reach for far too many. It is inexcusable that people working two and three jobs at a time are still struggling to pay the rent while others are one paycheck away from being homeless. As Governor, I will work to increase our affordable and public housing stock in cities and towns across Massachusetts.
Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Dec 20, 2017

Setti Warren: Economic inequality is the defining issue of our time

On the reason Warren decided to enter the race for Governor: "When I think about the defining issue of our time, I believe it's economic inequality. It's striking, in the Boston area, including in Newton. I was very lucky as a young kid that grew up in Newton. My parents grew up in two tough neighborhoods, Harlem and the Bronx. My dad used his military GI Bill benefits in Korea to purchase the home where I grew up with my two sisters and where I live today. This was a generational investment for people of modest means to make ends meet and ensure their kids can do better than they did. That is not happening in our Commonwealth today. The divide is growing. People in communities are falling behind. That's why I'm in this race."
Source: WBUR.org on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Jun 12, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Back to FDR values: good home, school, doctor, & job

On the Democratic Party: "What everyone realizes is that the long-term Democratic Party politics and policies, which have supported families and workers, we may have been a little distracted from those over the last few years. So we just have to go back to the basic values, that go back to Franklin Roosevelt, that people need a good home, a good school, a good doctor, a good job, and then they can build a life depending on the energy and commitment and insight that they have.

"We've lost that, and because we're an unequal society one of the problems is the people at the top when they have trouble with the home, school, doctor, job they have enough money to go get it from somewhere else. But people in lower income brackets they don't have those extra resources. When you have expanding inequality you also see increasing pressure on people who are struggling. And that's a special responsibility of the governor to point out that to prosper as a state we have to prosper together."

Source: WBUR.org on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race May 8, 2017

Charlie Baker: Raise both minimum wage & Earned Income Tax Credit

JIM BRAUDE: You came out with a proposal for a $10.50 minimum wage tied to a tax credit for small businesses and an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit. The current bill before the governor does not include the tax modifications, and has a proposed minimum wage of $11/hour. Would you sign or veto it?

BAKER: "I committed to an increase in the minimum wage and I meant it. But I really do believe that part of this package ultimately ought to include an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a far better way to support low income families, people working 40 hours a week in low wage jobs who have children. There are a ton of people who are going to benefit from this minimum wage increase, who don't necessarily fall into that category."

BRAUDE: But would you sign it as is, if it was on your desk?

BAKER: "Well, it wouldn't come to my desk without the things I want, because I would work so hard with the legislature to get from here to there."

Source: Mass IEPAC p. 25, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate Jun 19, 2014

Don Berwick: All means all: focus on equality and poverty

In order to secure a spot on the primary ballot, candidates needed at least 15% of votes from delegates at the party convention. With a tight smile and a wave, Coakley insisted she was pleased with Saturday's results. "It's terrific. We had a goal coming in that we wanted to get our 15% to get on the ballot. We've had a great day."

But perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came from Berwick, a rookie politician who's advocating for a single-payer health insurance system. Berwick finished just 1 percentage point behind the sitting attorney general. He's not well-known, but he's a rock star in the progressive wing. Berwick's supporters chanted "all means all," a reference to his focus on equality and poverty.

Source: WBUR on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race at Convention Jun 15, 2014

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on $2 million for Mass Rental Voucher Program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VI: HOUSING: Clause 5, housing subsidy. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

This vote is a veto override on a budget section. The governor exercise the line-item veto on $2 million in funding to the Mass Rental Voucher Program. Voting YES would restore $2 million to the program, and hence indicates support of the Mass Rental Voucher Program.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part vi. HOUSING, clause 5: We support a portable public housing subsidy that can be used throughout the Commonwealth.

Bill H.4001 budget item 7004-9024 ; vote number H147

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 3, 2005

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on $2 million for Mass Rental Voucher Program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VI: HOUSING: Clause 5, housing subsidy. [State Rep. Walsh, a Democrat, voted YES].

This vote is a veto override on a budget section. The governor exercise the line-item veto on $2 million in funding to the Mass Rental Voucher Program. Voting YES would restore $2 million to the program, and hence indicates support of the Mass Rental Voucher Program.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part vi. HOUSING, clause 5: We support a portable public housing subsidy that can be used throughout the Commonwealth.

Bill H.4001 budget item 7004-9024 ; vote number H147

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 3, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on restricting welfare benefits to 5 years

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part XII: Part VII: SOCIAL SECURITY: Clause 2 and 3, safety net. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

This vote was on an amendment to a welfare reform bill. The amendment would count time when a family is unable to work towards a 5 year lifetime limit of benefits. Voting NO would prevent welfare recipients from being unfairly sanctioned from benefits and put at risk.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part vii. SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE SAFETY NET, Clause 2 and 3: Protecting the elderly and disabled is one of the core values of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. We support restoration of crucial federal funding for "safety net" programs.

Bill H. 4367, sec. 7; vote number H191

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Sep 22, 2005

Marty Walsh: Voted NO on restricting welfare benefits to 5 years

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part XII: Part VII: SOCIAL SECURITY: Clause 2 and 3, safety net. [State Rep. Walsh, a Democrat, voted NO].

This vote was on an amendment to a welfare reform bill. The amendment would count time when a family is unable to work towards a 5 year lifetime limit of benefits. Voting NO would prevent welfare recipients from being unfairly sanctioned from benefits and put at risk.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part vii. SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE SAFETY NET, Clause 2 and 3: Protecting the elderly and disabled is one of the core values of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. We support restoration of crucial federal funding for "safety net" programs.

Bill H. 4367, sec. 7; vote number H191

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Sep 22, 2005

Deval Patrick: Promote more multi-family housing starts

Working in partnership with local authorities and community interests, we will pre-permit multi-family housing development sites throughout the State, and provide additional support to local public schools to address the impact of having additional school age children in the system.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patricks policy booklet, p. 5 Sep 15, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on veto override for $220K for homelessness

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VI: HOUSING:Clause 1 & 3: Homelessness. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

Budget Item 7004-3036 was reduced by the Governor from $1,221,925 to $1,000,000; the Governor disapproved $141,000 for Just-A-Start housing stabilization conflict management services, a program to prevent homelessness; and $80,925 for the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance. A vote of YES would override the Governor's veto and fund the two programs.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part VI, clause 1 & 3: HOUSING: Massachusetts Democrats are committed to ending homelessness in our Commonwealth. We believe that some people need assistance in paying for housing for some part or all of their lives, and we are committed to providing that assistance through increases in state and federal programs.

Bill H.4001 budget item 7004-3036 ; vote number H127

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on studying how to overcome federal workfare rules

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VII: SOCIAL SECURITY: Clause 3: Safety net. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

The governor vetoed the part of Budget Item 1599-4408 which authorized a study on potential state responses to federal welfare rule changes. The study would propose methods to maintain existing welfare coverage when federal changes reduced such coverage. A YEA vote would override the governor's veto, restoring authorization for the study.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part VII, clause 3: SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE SAFETY NET: We support restoration of crucial federal funding for "safety net" programs.

Bill H.4001 budget item 1599-4408 ; vote number H093

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2005

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on veto override for $220K for homelessness

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VI: HOUSING:Clause 1 & 3: Homelessness. [State Rep. Walsh, a Democrat, voted YES].

Budget Item 7004-3036 was reduced by the Governor from $1,221,925 to $1,000,000; the Governor disapproved $141,000 for Just-A-Start housing stabilization conflict management services, a program to prevent homelessness; and $80,925 for the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance. A vote of YES would override the Governor's veto and fund the two programs.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part VI, clause 1 & 3: HOUSING: Massachusetts Democrats are committed to ending homelessness in our Commonwealth. We believe that some people need assistance in paying for housing for some part or all of their lives, and we are committed to providing that assistance through increases in state and federal programs.

Bill H.4001 budget item 7004-3036 ; vote number H127

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2005

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on studying how to overcome federal workfare rules

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VII: SOCIAL SECURITY: Clause 3: Safety net. [State Rep. Walsh, a Democrat, voted YES].

The governor vetoed the part of Budget Item 1599-4408 which authorized a study on potential state responses to federal welfare rule changes. The study would propose methods to maintain existing welfare coverage when federal changes reduced such coverage. A YEA vote would override the governor's veto, restoring authorization for the study.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part VII, clause 3: SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE SAFETY NET: We support restoration of crucial federal funding for "safety net" programs.

Bill H.4001 budget item 1599-4408 ; vote number H093

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on rejecting $25M earmarked for Housing Trust Fund

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part VII: Housing: Urban Investment. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

Gov. Romney vetoed a budget line item ("Section 239") which would earmark $25 million for the Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund. The $25 million came from a one-time sale of surplus properties. Romney recommended placing the money into the General Fund instead. A no vote would maintain the earmark of the $25 million while a yes vote would agree with Romney's amendment.

Relevant platform section: Urban Investment: We back the establishment of community development banks and recognize the vital role of community-based development organizations in providing affordable housing.

Source citation: Bill Amendment Override, Sec. 239 ; vote number H700

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2004

Marty Walsh: Voted NO on rejecting $25M earmarked for Housing Trust Fund

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part VII: Housing: Urban Investment. [State Rep. Walsh voted NO].

Gov. Romney vetoed a budget line item ("Section 239") which would earmark $25 million for the Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund. The $25 million came from a one-time sale of surplus properties. Romney recommended placing the money into the General Fund instead. A no vote would maintain the earmark of the $25 million while a yes vote would agree with Romney's amendment.

Relevant platform section: Urban Investment: We back the establishment of community development banks and recognize the vital role of community-based development organizations in providing affordable housing.

Source citation: Bill Amendment Override, Sec. 239 ; vote number H700

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2004

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on removing funds for Affordable Housing Trust

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part VII: Housing. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on an amendment which would reject two sections of MGL Chapter 40B. The first section to be rejected would require affordable dwelling units in 10% of every residential development (limited to residents below 80 of the area median income). The second section to be rejected would earmark state aid for a municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Relevant platform section: Part VII: Housing: "We believe the public sector has a vital role to play in the provision of safe, affordable, and fair housing. We recognize a crisis in housing costs across the Commonwealth, and we advocate a heightened priority for affordability initiatives."

Source citation: Bill H.4240 ; vote number H626

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 10, 2004

Marty Walsh: Voted NO on removing funds for Affordable Housing Trust

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part VII: Housing. [State Rep. Walsh voted NO].

Vote on an amendment which would reject two sections of MGL Chapter 40B. The first section to be rejected would require affordable dwelling units in 10% of every residential development (limited to residents below 80 of the area median income). The second section to be rejected would earmark state aid for a municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Relevant platform section: Part VII: Housing: "We believe the public sector has a vital role to play in the provision of safe, affordable, and fair housing. We recognize a crisis in housing costs across the Commonwealth, and we advocate a heightened priority for affordability initiatives."

Source citation: Bill H.4240 ; vote number H626

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 10, 2004

Richard Tisei: Voted NO on allowing parents on welfare to attend school

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a program to allow parents with young children who are on welfare to go back to school in lieu of working to meet the requirements of the federal Personal Work & Responsibility Act of 1996.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work: "We seek to help welfare recipients successfully find and keep jobs. We advocate increased job training and educational opportunities, and we must ensure that support systems in child care, transportation, and health insurance are in place to enable people to work... We recognize that for some, that transition may take a lifetime."

Source citation: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work; Bill Section 528 ; vote number 368

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 17, 2003

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on allowing parents on welfare to attend school

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a program to allow parents with young children who are on welfare to go back to school in lieu of working to meet the requirements of the federal Personal Work & Responsibility Act of 1996.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work: "We seek to help welfare recipients successfully find and keep jobs. We advocate increased job training and educational opportunities, and we must ensure that support systems in child care, transportation, and health insurance are in place to enable people to work... We recognize that for some, that transition may take a lifetime."

Source citation: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work; Bill Section 528 ; vote number 368

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 16, 2003

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on allowing parents on welfare to attend school

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a program to allow parents with young children who are on welfare to go back to school in lieu of working to meet the requirements of the federal Personal Work & Responsibility Act of 1996.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work: "We seek to help welfare recipients successfully find and keep jobs. We advocate increased job training and educational opportunities, and we must ensure that support systems in child care, transportation, and health insurance are in place to enable people to work... We recognize that for some, that transition may take a lifetime."

Source citation: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work; Bill Section 528 ; vote number 368

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 16, 2003

Scott Brown: Voted NO on allowing parents on welfare to attend school

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a program to allow parents with young children who are on welfare to go back to school in lieu of working to meet the requirements of the federal Personal Work & Responsibility Act of 1996.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work: "We seek to help welfare recipients successfully find and keep jobs. We advocate increased job training and educational opportunities, and we must ensure that support systems in child care, transportation, and health insurance are in place to enable people to work... We recognize that for some, that transition may take a lifetime."

Source citation: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work; Bill Section 528 ; vote number 368

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 16, 2003

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on workfare for mothers of 2- to 6-year-olds

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part IV: Economic Growth:Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

[Welfare] recipients not qualifying as exempt, and whose child of record is under the age at which full-time school attendance is mandatory, may meet [only] 10 hours of the work requirement through education and training programs.

Relevant platform section: PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work: "We are committed to ensuring a safety net to members of our families in times of need. We recognize that for some, that transition may take a lifetime."

Source citation: Section 487 ; vote number 80

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 5, 2003

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on workfare for mothers of 2- to 6-year-olds

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part IV: Economic Growth:Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

[Welfare] recipients not qualifying as exempt, and whose child of record is under the age at which full-time school attendance is mandatory, may meet [only] 10 hours of the work requirement through education and training programs.

Relevant platform section: PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work: "We are committed to ensuring a safety net to members of our families in times of need. We recognize that for some, that transition may take a lifetime."

Source citation: Section 487 ; vote number 80

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 5, 2003

Scott Brown: Voted YES on workfare for mothers of 2- to 6-year-olds

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part IV: Economic Growth:Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted YES].

[Welfare] recipients not qualifying as exempt, and whose child of record is under the age at which full-time school attendance is mandatory, may meet [only] 10 hours of the work requirement through education and training programs.

Relevant platform section: PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: Supporting the Transition from Welfare to Work: "We are committed to ensuring a safety net to members of our families in times of need. We recognize that for some, that transition may take a lifetime."

Source citation: Section 487 ; vote number 80

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 5, 2003

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