Cut to Reach Up benefits delayed another 60 days

A $125 cut to hundreds of families that receive Reach Up benefits has been postponed until later this fall, and the state expects the program’s budget will need to be adjusted.

Reach Up cuts to disabled recipients held off for two months

State agrees to continue benefits while lawyers prepare arguments in the case. Vermont Legal Aid claims the reduction is unconstitutional and that it discriminates against households with family members with a disability.

State notifies Reach Up recipients of $125 a month reduction in benefits

Some 860 families will take a $125 cut. Advocates say the new policy is a “tax” on Vermont’s poorest households.

Vermont Legal Aid statement opposing ‘disability tax’ for Reach Up families

Advocates turned out at a budget hearing today to oppose a $1.65 million budget cut targeting families on Reach Up who have household member with a disability.

Budget proposal cuts Reach Up funds to households receiving disability benefits

Gov. Shumlin says the proposal could save the state more than $1.6 million. But, it would impact more than 1,100 households, according to the Department for Children and Families.

New report on DCF again calls for more staff, better training

A third report on the Department for Children and Families came to similar conclusions as the other two: DCF needs more front-line staff, better training, and a stronger focus on opiate addiction’s impact on families.

Lawmakers OK $600,000 to hire staff to implement IT overhaul

Despite news Thursday that budget cuts will be required to cope with a downgrade in the state’s revenue forecast, officials say the project must move forward.

Cost of new DCF social workers won’t hurt other programs, officials say

Savings from Reach Up program to pay for 18 new social workers and more in response to the deaths of two children who had contact with DCF system.

Reach Up recipients can keep a little more pay under new law

Lawmakers allow families a little more latitude in accepting a raise at work by easing the “benefits cliff.” They also extended child care subsidies.

Vermont cushioned against shutdown, but not for long

“If this things drags on there are very serious ramifications,” Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding says.

Legislative Wrap-up: Welfare reform

The Legislature took a softer approach than Shumlin pushed for; lawmakers decided to delay or waive the cap for families in certain situations.

Senate Appropriations budget bill includes five-year cap on Reach Up benefits

Senate Appropriations had no shortage of choices, between the administration’s two proposals, the House’s version, and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee’s recommendation.

Finn: Now is the time to invest in all our children

Only four years later, it seems we are ignoring some of the important lessons we learned from the Vermont Child Poverty Council’s work. Perhaps most troubling is that we have forgotten that stigma hurts.

Public Assets Institute takes to airwaves to counter governor’s EITC proposal

Public Assets Institute remains adamant that reducing the EITC by any amount is poor policy.

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