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Governor Corbett’s Draconian Food Stamp Asset Test to Begin TOMORROW
While the governor gives tax breaks to wealthy corporations, Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable will be kicked from Food Stamp rolls
Governor Tom Corbett will continue his attack on Pennsylvania’s seniors, disabled and low income families tomorrow when The Department of Public Welfare begins asset testing, or asking food-stamp recipients to prove they do not have personal assets before allowing them to enroll in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
This policy is harmful and costly to the Pennsylvania. It also places an undue burden on those who depend on food stamps during times of unemployment and economic distress.
While big business is receiving millions of dollars in tax breaks, Pennsylvania’s elderly, poor, disabled, and children are being delivered blow after blow to their economic well being, not to mention their health and welfare.
This misguided policy has nothing to do with the state budget or state spending at all. The Food Stamp program is a federal policy. It begs the question, why is Governor Corbett focusing on a federal policy issue at a time when people are out of work and Pennsylvania’s infrastructure is crumbling?
The governor has provided no commitment on a job creation plan, yet he has expedited this harmful asset test policy under the guise of rooting out fraud and waste.
Let’s be clear, this policy has little to do with eliminating fraud and waste in the Department of Welfare. Pennsylvania has one of the lowest food-stamp fraud rates in America. In addition, Pennsylvania recently won a federal award for the efficient handling of its food stamp program. Targeting this program for fraud, waste or abuse is ridiculous and counterproductive.
Although the asset testing goes into effect Tuesday, it will be six months before the governor and DPW can determine how many have lost benefits.
In the meantime, many seniors, low income folks, the disabled and children will have their food supplies drastically altered – people who are saving for funeral expenses and medical expenses will be penalized by another one of Corbett’s policies that attack Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable.
This is simply bad leadership from our governor. At a time when programs and services for vulnerable Pennsylvanians are on the chopping block, at a time where tens of thousands of individuals have been cut from adultBasic, here is yet another blow to Pennsylvania’s poor.
Assets tests are unnecessary and hurtful to low-income families. They penalize those who are doing the right thing by trying to build a savings to care for their families.
Here is the real public outcry regarding DPW’s Asset Tests:
You can provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes