The continued growth in public welfare spending is unsustainable. The federal government is responsible for much of the welfare system, but states can adopt reforms that preserve welfare resources for the most vulnerable. By enacting reforms that promote work and independence, Pennsylvania can right-size state welfare spending and help more Pennsylvanians get back on their feet. Taxpayers deserve a welfare system that compliments a strong economy.

Public Union Democracy

Unions Fight Flexible Funding

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • June 25, 2012

Gov. Corbett’s budget proposed combining five county human services programs into one flexible block grant. In the past, state legislation dictated how much counties could spend under each category, regardless…

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Public Union Democracy

Voters: Limit Government Spending!

  • Nathan Benefield
  • June 14, 2012

In a recent poll, Susquehanna Polling and Research asked 700 registered Pennsylvania voters if they would support limiting the growth of state government spending—legislation similar to the…

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Welfare

DPW: No More Tax $ for Limo Rides

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • June 12, 2012

In 2007, Western Pennsylvania Child Care (WPCC) spent taxpayer dollars meant to house and counsel juvenile delinquents on limo rides to an NCAA basketball tournament game and the King of…

Media

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State Budget

Block Grants for Human Services a “Godsend”

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • June 6, 2012

State funding for county services may soon be streamlined, wasting fewer dollars on bureaucratic largesse and focusing aid on programs that are most effective at helping the needy. Yesterday,…

Media

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State Budget

Getting Rich Off the Poor: Examining Welfare Abuse

  • June 5, 2012

  Over the past few years, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare conducted a series of audits and uncovered many questionable practices among state contractors. Some providers of welfare…

Fact Sheet

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Welfare

Taking the Road Less Traveled: Fostering Private Charity Care

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • June 4, 2012

Our current welfare system is failing our most vulnerable citizens and bankrupting our commonwealth. Despite skyrocketing welfare spending, 15,420 individuals with intellectual disabilities…

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Taxes & Economy

Nearly One Million Found in Out-of-State Welfare Fraud!

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • May 30, 2012

The facts are starting to get in the way for critics of welfare reform. By reviewing just three months of non-contiguous out-of-state EBT card transactions (November 2011 to January…

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Welfare

Fighting Fraud is the Beginning of True Welfare Reform

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • May 2, 2012

Monday the Pennsylvania House continued its efforts to reform the state’s welfare system by passing HB 1948 out of committee. The legislation, sponsored by Tim Krieger, would establish the…

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State Budget

GAO Sounds the Fiscal Alarm on State Medicaid Costs

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 26, 2012

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has a new report on state and local government finances. Of greatest concern are the expected increases in Medicaid spending and health care for…

Media

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Welfare

Why We Are Losing the War on Poverty

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 17, 2012

Michael Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies at the Cato Institute, published a study that cuts to the heart of the poverty problem in the U.S. Tanner writes…

Media

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Healthcare

Medicaid Flexibility: The Key to a Sustainable Safety Net

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 13, 2012

As we inch towards the state budget deadline, welfare spending reductions in Pennsylvania continue to be contentious. The reductions that are proposed concentrate on 20 percent of spending, since…

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Healthcare

Medicaid Waivers & the Looming Fiscal Crisis

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 9, 2012

In the waning days of 2008, the state of Rhode Island secured a global waiver for its Medicaid program. The waiver exempted the state from many federal rules and mandates in exchange for a…

Media

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State Budget

Welfare Sec. Alexander Discusses Mending the Safety Net on the BOX

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 5, 2012

On the latest edition of The BOX, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander takes time to discuss proposed welfare reforms. Despite accusations of wanting to “throw the…

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State Budget

Human Services Programs Must Deal with Wasteful Spending

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 2, 2012

Last week, you couldn’t swing a dead cat in the state capitol without hitting someone protesting Gov. Corbett’s welfare spending reductions. The governor proposed combining six human service line items, such…

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Taxes & Economy

Chart of the Day: Welfare Overlap

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • March 26, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) encompasses much more than Food Stamps and Medicaid. There are numerous federally-funded and state-only aid programs. In fact, most of the 2.7 million…

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State Budget

Chart of the Day: Welfare Spending

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • March 5, 2012

Total welfare spending in Pennsylvania more than tripled from 1991 to 2012, rising 227 percent. During the same period (1991-2011) population rose by a paltry 6.7 percent. It goes without…

Media

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State Budget

5 Scary Facts about Pennsylvania’s Welfare Spending

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • February 29, 2012

Welfare spending in Pennsylvania is out of control. The Department of Public Welfare is now the largest department in the state. It will continue to crowd out education, environmental…

Media

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State Budget

Pennsylvania Welfare Spending

  • February 22, 2012

The FY 2011-12 total operating budget of $63.4 billion, which included $27.1 billion in General Fund spending, represented the first year-to-year reduction in state spending in at least 40 years.

Fact Sheet

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Taxes & Economy

Report Finds Pennsylvania Welfare System Unsustainable, Hurting Poor

  • February 16, 2012

The Commonwealth Foundation released today an alarming new report on Pennsylvania public welfare that finds widespread abuse of tax dollars, with spending growing faster than the economy and exceeding education…

Press Release

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Healthcare

Ending the Cycle: Reforming Welfare in Pennsylvania

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • February 16, 2012

Government welfare, with its goal to provide a helping hand to those in need, has instead become a vast series of programs that fall far short of the good intentions…

Report

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Regulation

Pennsylvania State Budget Background & 2012 Preview

  • February 7, 2012

The FY 2011-12 total operating budget of $63.4 billion, which included $27.1 billion in General Fund spending, represented the first year-to-year reduction in state spending in at least 40 years.

Fact Sheet

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