Senate Democrats Fail At Last Attempt To Reinstate PA Cash Assistance Payments
The honeymoon is OVER!!!
Senate Democrats make last gasp attempt to reinstate cash assistance payments
A late effort by Senate Democrats to restore funding for cash assistance payments in the state budget was voted down in the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday night.
Gov. Tom Corbett proposed the elimination of the program, which provides monthly payments of about $200 to some 70,000 Pennsylvanians and the early iteration of the state budget which was passed by the state Senate and supported by Democratic leaders in the chamber maintained the elimination of the program.
Even so, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, said the absence of the program in the budget was a “glaring hole” and highlighted the state’s higher-than-expected-revenues in the final months of the fiscal year.
“This could really be considered the unkindest cut of all,” he said. “We have the enough resources to fully restore the program.”
State Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, said the decision to eliminate cash assistance would help balance the state budget in coming years as costs increased faster than projected revenues.
“We’re doing the best we can under a department that is ever growing,” he said. “The scary part is where this budget is driving towards.”
The amendment – which would have restored $150 million to the program – was defeated with a vote of 10-6 in the Rules Committee. The committee later sent the budget bill to the Senate floor without amendment by a vote of 12-4.
The full state Senate is expected to vote the budget bill on Friday.