Friday, March 1, 2019

Cash assistance for disabled adults is back. One Republican says the House won’t fund it

By Sarah Anne Hughes, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Before members of the House Appropriations Committee could ask questions of the state’s Human Services secretary Thursday, Rep. Stan Saylor wanted to get something off his chest.
About that recently revived cash assistance program? The House isn’t “interested” in funding it, the York Republican told Secretary Teresa Miller.
Saylor was referencing the General Assistance program, which provides a small amount of cash monthly to childless adults with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and people in treatment for addiction. Most people in the program receive $205 a month, according to the Department of Human Services, an amount that hasn’t changed since 1990.
The program is back after years in legal limbo, but its future is uncertain. Read the story here: