Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Despite passing the Senate last week, a bill to halt the proposed closing of two state centers has been put on hold to the chagrin of lawmakers from the affected areas.

The bill was set to be considered in the House Health Committee last Wednesday but House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) appeared before the committee in an emotional meeting, requesting the bill be tabled until December.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf criticizes Trump Administration’s new food stamp rule

Wolf criticizes Trump Administration’s new food stamp rule

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday said that a new proposed rule from the Trump Administration could have grave effects for Pennsylvanians who receive food stamps. 

The Democratic governor condemned a proposal from the US Department of Agriculture to end Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility, which makes families that qualify for certain Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits eligible for help under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. 
Monday, July 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Right 2 Know Episode 16: Will you accept this rose?

Right 2 Know Episode 16: Will you accept this rose?

The temperatures may be cooling off in Harrisburg but the policy talks are heating up in the R2K studio. Justin talks about how the national immigration debate has come to Berks County, while Andrew gives an update on the latest legal challenge to the General Assistance repeal. And, yes, we discuss The Bachelor and how it would be much better with a dose of politics. Like what you hear? Follow us on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.
Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order

As federal immigration raids have reignited a national debate on immigration policy, Pennsylvania is facing an immigration-related conundrum of its own — what to do with a federal facility in Berks County that houses immigrants without documentation.

Activists have called on Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to unilaterally shut down the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC), but officials say current conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order (ERO).
Tuesday, July 23, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Citing single subject rule, groups file suit to halt General Assistance repeal

Citing single subject rule, groups file suit to halt General Assistance repeal

A coalition of activists in Philadelphia is filing suit in an effort to halt the decision by Republican lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf to end the state’s cash assistance program for poor residents, a move widely anticipated by observers.

Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania filed suit in Commonwealth Court Monday alleging the law repealing General Assistance, controversially signed by Wolf last month, violated the state constitution’s single subject.
Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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