Reforms Bringing Sanity to Welfare

Last yearAsset Test the Pa. Department of Public Welfare implemented—and Commonwealth Foundation touted—a new asset test on food stamps to ensure those with means were not benefiting from programs intended to help the truly needy.

It worked.

The Patriot News reports that last summer, 39 individuals who had more than $100,000 in cash assets applied for food stamps but were denied under the new rule.  Another 71 folks with more than $50,000 in assets were denied food stamps.

The result? According to the Patriot-News chart of DPW data, taxpayers are saving more than $8 million per month.