The new legislative session has begun and On Solid Ground will be moving forward, collaborating with our members and more organizations on a shared policy agenda for 2019-2020 building on the current efforts and policy wins.
On Solid Ground priority legislation will help families navigate through multiple state agencies and benefit programs, increase access to necessary support services through data sharing and provide a path of economic mobility for families across the Commonwealth.
Our focus for this legislative session will be on developing cross-sector alignment and system coordination for improving economic mobility for families across MA. The two priorities in focus are:
An Act Relative to Economic Mobility for Families with Low-Income (HD.2519/ SD.910)
Filed by Rep. Aaron Vega & Sen. Jason Lewis
This bill directs the Secretariats to study the impacts of minimum wage increases on cliff effects and accordingly make changes in assistance programs to avoid the cliffs. The bill also makes data and information around economic mobility and assistance programs more accessible to families so that they are better informed and can benefit from the available resources.
An Act Providing for Coordinated Data and Assistance to Address Family Homelessness (SD.1433)
Filed by Sen. Comerford
This bill increases data transparency and system coordination by directing state agencies to report on certain homelessness related measures and their current system coordination efforts to improve access to support services to families. The bill also makes benefit program information more accessible to families through an agency telephone hotline and website.
Click here for Fact sheet on On Solid Ground’s main legislative priority.
As the Legislative session ended in July 2018, On Solid Ground had many legislative and budget wins.