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Special Committee
Benefits Cliff Task Force


Review the impact of the public assistance benefits cliff on labor force participation, employment, wages, and benefit duration and usage in the Commonwealth and to develop public policy recommendations to support working families in transitioning off of public assistance into gainful employment and self-sufficiency. Study how the benefits cliff affects financial, employment, and career decisions made by public assistance beneficiaries in the Commonwealth; labor force participation, employment, wages, education, health, and poverty in the Commonwealth; and the ability of businesses to hire and promote workers. Study the eligibility rules and income thresholds for current public assistance programs administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Study the fiscal impact of the benefits cliff on state finances and identifying budgetary impacts of addressing the benefits cliff. Study the interconnections of the benefits cliff across multiple layers of government and other support networks. Study the awareness of benefits cliff among public assistance beneficiaries, government agencies and programs, the nonprofit sector, the business community, and the general public. Evaluate policies and proposals, including the proposal submitted by the Cabinet for Heath and Family Services pursuant to Section 32 of this Act (HB 7), and best practices in other states, academia, and the think tank sector that aim to assist individuals in transitioning off of public assistance into gainful employment and self-sufficiency. Make recommendations that seek to eliminate the benefits cliff as a barrier to work, career advancement, and self-sufficiency and to reduce benefit duration and dependency in the Commonwealth.
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  • Janine Coy - Committee Staff Administrator
  • Chris Joffrion
  • Kirk Smith
  • Sasche Allen - Committee Assistant