Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday announced plans that he said would improve the state’s social safety-net programs and help break the cycle of poverty for struggling families.

Hogan (R) launched a commission to recommend ways of providing assistance that focuses more on families rather than individuals, and announced an initiative to modernize the state’s case-management systems so agencies can provide services more efficiently.

“While technology has advanced exponentially over the last 20 years, our state agencies continue to work with antiquated systems that lack consistency and couldn’t communicate with one another,” the governor said. “These technology systems continue to cost us more and more, but they deliver less and less.”

The federal government has awarded Maryland nearly $200 million for the modernization last month, after the state allocated $13.8 million for the effort.

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