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GOP’s Baker Unveils Proposal To Overhaul Welfare

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Charlie Baker addresses delegates at the Mass. GOP convention. (WBZ-TV)

Charlie Baker addresses delegates at the Mass. GOP convention. (WBZ-TV)

BOSTON (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker has unveiled a plan he says will overhaul the state’s welfare system.

Baker said Tuesday that he want to create an all-electronic benefits system, ban the use of EBT cards for international wire transfers and cut off benefits to anyone who spends at least 90 days a year out of state.

He said he’ll also invest in job training, offer tax credits to employers who hire welfare recipients, and give childcare vouchers to those trying to move off welfare by finding work.

His plan would also require applicants to look for a job before receiving assistance and increase the age when recipients aren’t required to work from 60 to 66.

Democratic candidate for governor Steven Grossman said Baker should focus on increasing the minimum wage and strengthening worker rights.

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