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Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, March 14:
Two organizations who often disagree with one another politically recently opined on welfare in Pennsylvania.
The conservative Commonwealth Foundation said welfare has become "a vast series of programs that fall far short of the good intentions behind them." The editorial went on to criticize welfare spending in Pennsylvania as being too costly and providing low-quality care to recipients.
The liberal Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center responded that the Commonwealth Foundation was seeing a problem that doesn't exist, adding "most human services spending is not on welfare, but on health care for low-income seniors, children and people with disabilities."
Both groups will appear on Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk to state their cases and discuss where welfare in Pennsylvania is heading.
In his 2012-2013 state budget proposal, Gov. Tom Corbett laid out $10.53 billion in spending on welfare programs in Pennsylvania. That's nearly $30 million less than the current fiscal year. The Corbett administration is proposing the elimination of a solely-state-funded cash assistance program, affecting about 61,000 Pennsylvanians, and repackaging nearly $850 million in county grants.
During his budget address, Corbett said the changes are meant to transform welfare system and "right-size" it.
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