People with disabilities sue to restore state aid

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 2, 2012 9:53 AM

gavel.jpg(Philadelphia) -- Three disabled Philadelphians and several advocacy groups are suing to force Pennsylvania officials to restore cash aid to the state's neediest residents.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Commonwealth Court challenges the elimination of the $150 million General Assistance program.

About 68,000 poor or disabled Pennsylvanians received $205 a month through the program that ended July 31.

Plaintiffs' attorneys say lawmakers violated the state Constitution in numerous ways when passing the omnibus bill that ended the Depression-era initiative.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Welfare told The Philadelphia Inquirer she could not comment because agency officials had not seen the lawsuit.

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