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ICYMI: FACT-CHECK FINDS BAKER'S RECORD ON CHILD WELFARE NOT WHAT HE SAYS IT IS

BOSTON - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - The Boston Globe today fact-checked Republican Charlie Baker's record on child welfare issues, revealing that during his time in state government, caseloads went up and resources were taken away from the then-struggling child protection agency. 

For example:

Baker sent almost $2M from the child welfare department back to the general coffers, violated social workers' contract

The Globe says: 

"... in 1996, when Baker was state budget chief, the Weld administration sent $1.9 million from the state child welfare department’s budget back into the state’s general coffers.

That decision helped persuade an arbitrator to side with the social workers’ union and rule in 1998 that the Weld administration had repeatedly violated the workers’ contract by not providing enough money to bring caseloads down to manageable levels. 

The arbitrator ordered the Weld administration to give $950,000 back to the social workers, to pay for overtime they had worked."

Caseloads increased under Baker

The Globe says: 

"But contrary to Baker’s assertion in the debate, caseloads remained a problem and were even heavier than they are now. 

During Baker’s years as health and human services secretary, from 1992 to 1994, each social worker handled 19 to 21 cases on average. Hundreds had more than 22 cases each, according to state data compiled by the social workers’ union. Currently, social workers handle about 18 cases each on average."

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