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
Categories: News and Views
Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Senate Democrats are looking to reinstate a cash assistance program for the commonwealth’s poorest residents, coming just days after Gov. Tom Wolf officially signed a bill ending the initiative.

A quartet of freshmen, led by Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), are seeking co-sponsorship for what they are calling the “Emergency Relief Program,” designed to mimic the $200-a-month cash payments distributed under the newly ended General Assistance.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

The entirety of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Caucus sent a letter to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Tuesday excoriating the lieutenant governor for allowing a Democratic senator to speak on the floor against Senate rules in the midst of a heated debate on ending a cash assistance program for the poor.

 

The letter, signed by all 28 Republican senators, accused Fetterman of scarring the institution when he allowed Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) to read a letter from a constituent as Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman was calling for a point of order.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

After what can only be characterized as a tense week in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the 2019-2020 budget into law, enacting a $33.9 billion spending plan that includes no tax increases, and boosts to education funding.

 

The agreed-upon budget between Wolf and Republican leadership bolsters funding for public education and agriculture, while also making the largest allocation to the state’s emergency Rainy Day Fund in years. Wolf also signed a Human Service Code bill that ends General Assistance, a welfare program that provides cash grants of about $200 to Pennsylvania’s poorest residents.

Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - Budget Edition

Tweets of the Week - Budget Edition

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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