When Gov. Corbett triumphantly signed his $27.6 billion budget on June 30, he said he was trying to find alternative programs for the 70,000 people he was throwing off the state's welfare rolls.
They're still waiting.
Truth is, there is no state or federal alternative for the people receiving general assistance. That's why the program was created. The only alternative is for the governor to find his heart and restore the funds.
If he doesn't, participants will stop getting their measly $205 monthly checks next week.
The recipients are single adults, including abused women and addicts in treatment programs. They can get GA only for up to nine months over their lifetimes. Disabled persons who have waited up to two years to get federal disability also depend on GA.