On WITF's Radio Smart Talk, Sharon Ward said than taking away health care from children or jeopardizing the nursing care of seniors, policymakers should look at alternatives, including closing tax loopholes and ending corporate welfare.
“The Commonwealth Foundation has spotted Bigfoot in the state Department of Public Welfare," Sharon Ward says in a statement responding to a new report. "In other words, they are seeing something that just isn’t there."
The biggest reshuffling in the Governor's Department of Public Welfare budget is through an expanded Human Services Development Fund (HSDF). The budget combines several programs into one block grant but cuts it overall by $168 million, or 20%.
Governor Tom Corbett announced $156 million in state spending cuts this week to resolve a midyear revenue shortfall. This marks the fifth straight year of cuts to health care, education and human services.
Businesses that don’t invest become less competitive. It’s the same for our state. Only by investing in our schools, roads, workforce and other assets and lifting people out of poverty will we enjoy a more prosperous future. Read Sharon Ward's op-ed on reducing poverty originally published in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
We are launching a new series about the impact of five years of state service cuts on the citizens of Pennsylvania. Today we look at a program designed to help out-of-work Pennsylvanians stay current on their mortgage that was ended last year due to cuts.
As the recession took its toll last year, more Pennsylvanians and Americans fell into poverty, saw their incomes decline and joined the ranks of the uninsured, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.