To: The Massachusetts State House, The Massachusetts State Senate, and Governor Charlie Baker

Don't Punish Widows

Stop punishing widowed teachers in Massachusetts.

Why is this important?

In Massachusetts, there is a little-known law prohibiting any widow from collecting her spouse's Social Security if she collects a teacher's pension. This makes little sense to me, as our spouses' Social Security was paid every year for this purpose, and why should the state reabsorb this money when most former teachers on a pension need it? Massachusetts is THE ONLY STATE with this law. Let's change this before Social Security ceases to exist in its present form!