Page 22 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – Friday, March 8, 2019 DIDOMENICO | FROM PAGE 18 priorities. Senator DiDomenico spoke to the WBA members about his bill An Act to lift the cap on kids (S.34), which is one of WBA’s top priorities this legislative session. An Act to lift the cap on kids, also known as Lift the Cap, would repeal the state’s family cap. The family cap denies Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) to children conceived while – or soon after – the family received benefits. This cap denies a child $100 a month in benefits plus an annual $300 clothing allowance. There are currently about 8,700 children in Massachusetts who are excluded from benefits because of when they were born. “We know that it’s time to take action and repeal this ineffective and unjust policy, and show that we value all children equally, regardless of the circumstances of their birth,” Senator DiDomenico remarked. He also encouraged WBA members to speak to their legislators regarding the policy, stating “Do not simply ask your elected officials whether they support a bill or an issue. Ask them, ‘At what level do you support it?’” Last session Lift the Cap passed the House and the Senate, but was amended by the Governor at the end of session. In addition to filing Lift the Cap, Senator DiDomenico filed An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty (S.36), which would increase TAFDC by 10 percent every year. GERARDO A. RIVERA HOME & COMMERCIAL WASHERS AND DRYERS LAUNDRY TECHNICIAN SE HABLA ESPANOL PHONE 781-866-1854 Frank Berardino MA License 31811 • 24 - Hour Service • Emergency Repairs Like us on Facebook advocate newspaper Facebook.com/ Advocate.news.ma BERARDINO Plumbing & Heating Residential & Commercial Service Gas Fitting • Drain Service 617.699.9383 Senior Citizen Discount FRANK’S Housepainting (781) 289-0698 • Exterior • Ceiling Dr. • Power Wash • Paper Removal • Carpentry FREE ESTIMATES — Fully Insured WATCHES WANTED HIGHEST PRICES PAID 617-240-7857 pride contracting inc. excavation and construction pedro maldonado 781-241-3543 president and contractor saugus, massachusetts sales@pridecontractinginc.com general contracting construction, landscaping snow plowing, paving “Proper prep makes all the difference” – F. Ferrera • Interior

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