EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 21, 2013

Mass. Senate approves plan to reform welfare

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Mass. Senate approves plan to reform welfare

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved an overhaul of the state’s welfare system that seeks to move more people into jobs, while reducing fraud and abuse in the system.

The measure was passed Thursday evening, after senators debated dozens of proposed amendments.

The proposal has been touted by its supporters as one of the most comprehensive attempts at welfare reform in the country and the most sweeping in Massachusetts in nearly 20 years.

Under the legislation, able-bodied people seeking welfare benefits would first have to demonstrate that they have tried to get a job on their own, and then would be offered state assistance in their job search, including access to employment listings and skills trainings.

Patrick said earlier this week he was encouraged by the Senate bill, which now moves to the House.