Tom Wolf would seek to undo cuts in Pa. poverty programs

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 29, 2014 11:49 AM

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(Harrisburg) --  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he'd try to restore cuts or restrictions imposed by Republican Governor Tom Corbett to a couple key poverty programs. 

Wolf's campaign says he'd ask lawmakers to restore a $200-a-month cash benefit for the poor and undo a requirement that food stamp applicants prove they don't have personal assets above a certain threshold. 

Corbett's 2012 budget eliminated the Depression-era General Assistance cash benefit to save $150 million a year.

Corbett also added the asset test for food stamps in 2012, saying it would help ensure public welfare dollars aid the people who really needed it. 

Advocates for the poor say eliminating the cash benefit has contributed to homelessness, and the asset test makes food stamps harder to get even for people who qualify.

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