There was a time in the not so distant past when I needed to use welfare. Some might read this and instantly cringe at the idea.
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Today is the deadline for PA to pass a new state budget. Every budget is an expression of priorities, and getting those priorities wrong is what got Gov. Corbett booted from office last November.
Yesterday evening, Gov. Wolf announced that as of April 27 he was ending the state’s food stamp asset test. This is great news for all those at risk of hunger and for the advocates and communities who have pushed for this change for years.
Before taking office as governor Tom Wolf promised he would repeal the state’s food stamp asset test, a disastrous policy for the hundreds of thousands of hungry Pennsylvanians. The time for action is now.
Pennsylvania has the 6th most regressive tax code in the nation. Low- and middle-income workers pay more of their income in taxes than the highest-income Pennsylvanians.
Later this month, Tom Wolf will be sworn in as Pennsylvania’s new governor. Here are the policy recommendations we made to him and his team to help end poverty and hunger in Pennsylvania.
Yesterday dozens of activists convened in Pennsylvania’s capitol to send a message to legislators to put human interests above special interests. As the June 30th deadline for a state budget draws near, Harrisburg was filled with the urgent voices of advocates, the disabled, union members, teachers, and young school students aiming to be heard above the loud voice that corporate money wields.
Right now, Pennsylvania is facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall – a huge gap lawmakers are supposed to close by June 30th. Gov. Corbett is seriously considering a cuts-only budget that would lock in recent devastating cuts to education, make more cuts to all other state programs (like social services), and use a host of gimmicks to balance it.
We are thrilled at the news that Governor Corbett has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a move that will keep food on the table for hundreds of thousands of struggling Pennsylvanians.
Nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians will see a cut in food assistance this fall equal to 21 lost meals per month for a family of four, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data discussed in a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.