Bill to eliminate cash assistance up for vote in Pa. House, Senate

Tony Romeo
June 19, 2019 - 4:00 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The state House is expected to vote as soon as Wednesday on legislation to once again eliminate Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program, and a key state senator says that chamber is likely to take it up before summer recess. 

A 2012 law that ended the $200 monthly cash assistance program was struck down on a technicality related to how it was passed, not on its substance, and Gov. Wolf restarted the program. 

Now, as legislative leaders and the governor work to hammer out a new budget due at the end of month, it appears a bill to again end the program is poised to get a vote in the Republican-controlled legislature. 

Republican Pat Browne, the Senate Appropriations Committee chair, says some provisions have been added to the bill to help the poor, including money for hospitals and non-public nursing homes that take in Medicaid patients. 
 
“By not only providing additional state dollars, but additional federal Medicaid dollars, too," Browne said. 

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When asked if Wolf will veto the bill, a Wolf spokesman would only say that the governor opposes the elimination of financial assistance.