Advocacy groups attempt to halt imminent General Assistance repeal

From: WITF

(Harrisburg) — Two advocacy groups are suing Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services over the repeal of a small cash assistance program for poor people who don’t qualify for other aid.
The move has been expected ever since the GOP-controlled legislature shoehorned the contentious repeal into a budget bill, and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf signed it.

Right now, General Assistance gives roughly 11,000 people about $200 a month.

But come August, the program will disappear if the repeal continues as expected.

The groups Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania are hoping Commonwealth Court justices grant them an injunction so that the program can keep running until they make a ruling.

Community Legal Services Attorney Maria Pulzetti said they’re arguing that the way the legislature passed the repeal is unconstitutional because it violates what’s known as the single-subject rule.
The bill that aimed to end General Assistance also included money for Philadelphia hospitals, among other things.

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