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
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With the June budget deadline looming closer, both chambers were in session this week pushing through a handful of legislation. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

Despite last-minute pleas from Democrats, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass a bill Wednesday that would end a program that provides cash grants to Pennsylvanians who don’t qualify for other welfare and assistance programs.

 

House lawmakers voted 106-95 to pass House Bill 33, which would we bring an end to the General Assistance program that provides cash grants of approximately $200 a month to some of the poorest residents in the state.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

A fight has been reignited in the Capitol over whether the state should end making general assistance cash payments to poor Pennsylvanians, after the program was reinstated in 2018 because of a technicality found by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
 

House Republicans are seeking to once again end the cash assistance program, which pays out monthly stipends of approximately $205 to Pennsylvania citizens who have under $250 in countable resources. The program was eliminated in a 2012 bill signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett, but was reinstated when the state Supreme Court ruled that the law violated the Pennsylvania Constitution's single-subject rule.

Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

After weeks of speculation, lawmakers formerly unveiled Monday a proposal to devote millions of dollars to boosting the state’s nuclear power plants, but the measure is likely to prompt heated debate over what critics consider to be a bailout of the nuclear energy industry.

The plan, touted by Rep. Thomas Mahaffie (R-Dauphin) and other nuclear advocates, say their plan would add nuclear power to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio, putting it on the same level as wind or solar energy. They argue it is necessary to save upwards of 16,000 jobs, as well as help the state achieve its clean energy and economic goals. 

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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