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June 29, 2012 - Hughes Decries General Assistance Cuts
Hughes Decries General Assistance Cuts
June 29, 2012 - Hughes Decries General Assistance Cuts

Governor Corbett's Cuts to the Poor Create Hardship and Pain

June 29, 2012 - Hughes Decries General Assistance Cuts

Governor Corbett's proposal to eliminate cash assistance to 70,000, mostly disabled, low-income Pennsylvanians will take effect August 1.

The cuts were to have taken place on July 1.

Although we were able to negotiate a 30 day extension before cuts took effect, 70,000 people will lose a monthly check, which averages $205. For many, this is the only means of cash support that they currently have.

The last check that these individuals will receive will be at the end of July.

I joined 17 of my Senate Democratic colleagues and voted NO on this draconian policy decision.

The Senate Democrats offered an alternate proposal that would have maintained a safety net of support for these deserving Pennsylvania citizens, but the Governor rejected the concept and chose to proceed with the elimination of this benefit.

The Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare has committed to work aggressively to provide assistance to these individuals in this period of transition. Recipients should stay close to the county assistance office that provides this service or make a free phone call to the HelpLine at 1-800-692-7462.

Here is a snapshot of the people who use General Assistance:

  • Women fleeing domestic violence utilize General Assistance for up to nine months. They are using this funding to get themselves out of a dangerous, potentially fatal situation.

  • Those in drug and alcohol treatment use GA funds for no more than nine months as they get treatment and find employment.

  • Disabled individuals who are awaiting their federally-funded Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income.
  • Individuals caring for disabled children or children who do not have parents.

You can find out more specifics about the 2012-13 State Budget and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes


4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778

Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579