‘Welfare gerrymander’? Why food stamp work requirements are back on the table

BY: - March 9, 2019

As part of sweeping changes to the welfare system in the '90s, President Bill Clinton and Congress put a work requirement on food stamps for so-called able-bodied adults who don't have children.

Pennsylvania has one of the best welfare-to-work education programs in the country. Could it help more parents?

BY: - February 27, 2019

Lisa Ortiz’s new life began the day her old one almost ended. After her partner beat her nearly to death, Ortiz lost her job with the Reading School District. She and her two young children were forced to move into a YMCA shelter. “I didn’t have anything,” she told the Capital-Star. Shelter workers told her […]

As work for welfare battle continues, Wolf admin will put a new spin on old jobs programs

BY: and - February 15, 2019

State lawmakers also want stricter work requirements for food stamps.

Report: 37,000+ cancer diagnoses made because of Pa.’s Medicaid expansion

BY: and - February 8, 2019

It’s been four years since Gov. Tom Wolf expanded Medicaid access to low-income adults. Since then, 1.4 million people have been covered, and Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has fallen to 5.5 percent. That’s the lowest in the commonwealth’s history, state Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said Friday. During a Capitol news conference, the agency […]

This Pa. university helps single moms and their kids get out of poverty. The Wolf administration wants to copy that success

BY: and - February 7, 2019

In his Tuesday budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf focused on ways to get Pennsylvanians into good-paying jobs, from more investment in early education to revamped workforce programs. He also highlighted the work of Misericordia, a 2,879-student liberal arts university in Northeastern Pa. The school “is home to one of only eight programs in the country that […]