#PAGov: This is Tom Corbett’s Idea of Waste, Fraud and Abuse

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People who legitimately need public assistance are being rejected because Republicans changed the law to make job search requirements kick in before people receive assistance. They have to apply for three jobs a week on our utterly useless CareerLink website.

If you brought this problem up to any Republican elected officials, there is about a zero percent chance they would care. It’s not about actually saving money or stopping legitimate, intentional fraud. They think “welfare” is for the blah people, not mostly rural Republican-Americans in central Pennsylvania, and they want to cut the blah people off, whether they actually qualify for public assistance or not. Because they’re assholes.

Kate Giammarise looks out over the wreckage:

The vast majority of applicants for welfare benefits in Pennsylvania are rejected every month, data from the state show, and some blame a 2012 change in state law for sharply increasing the rate at which people are rejected from the program.

About 75 percent or more applicants for cash assistance are turned down every month — leaving needy families without aid, advocates say.

The change? Beginning in July 2012, state law required applicants to apply to at least three jobs a week — including while their application for assistance is still pending, which can be several weeks. Previously, an applicant would be required to fulfill the program’s work requirement after being approved for assistance, rather than prior to applying.

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3 Responses to #PAGov: This is Tom Corbett’s Idea of Waste, Fraud and Abuse

  1. Left in Franklin Co. says:

    “They think “welfare” is for the blah people, not mostly rural Republican-Americans in central Pennsylvania, and they want to cut the blah people off, whether they actually qualify for public assistance or not. Because they’re assholes.”

    A-freaking-men.

    Though there’s just a little more to it than that. A lot of these rural Republicans benefit from these programs themselves and are the first ones to belittle other people (or rather the “other” people) for seeking to benefit from the same programs.

    Anecdotally, I know plenty of people…hard-core, right-wing, Obama is a Kenyan Muslim Hitler kind of people…who were the first in line when they needed help, called it a “hand up,” then turned around, pulled up the same ladder they climbed up behind them, because all of a sudden that spending transformed into a “handout.”

    Despicable.

  2. Faye north says:

    Ridiculous. And tom Corbett is the highest paid governor in the country. Pa needs major government reform now. State reps in New Hampshire earn about 100 dollars a year. Virginia reps earn about 20k. Pa reps earn about 80 thousand. Pensions healthcare company cars. Meals hotels. Etc etc. ridiculous

  3. Liam says:

    What is the number for that piece 2012 legislation you reference in the article? I’d like to see who voted for/against it.