Don’t let child poverty undermine school readiness: guest commentary

June 16, 2015


Repealing the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule, which applies if a mother becomes pregnant or chooses to carry a pregnancy to term after the family begins receiving assistance, could lead to approximately $128 per month in additional benefits for a newborn child.

The MFG rule originates from a movement in the 1990s to deny aid to children born into poverty, and was intended to discourage poor women from having more kids. As it stands, the rule leads increased risk of homelessness,  limitations in brain development, and other hardships associated with extreme poverty.

The Legislature included a repeal of the law in its budget for 2015-2016.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Western Center on Law & Poverty (WCLP)
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