December 26, 1991 |
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, Americans are starting to think about filing their federal income tax. People with disabilities who are employed while receiving disability benefits under Social Security's work incentive rules are no different. They too are subject to payroll withholding for FICA, as well as federal and state income taxes, and therefore must file income taxes. With Social Security reducing one's benefits $1 for every $2 of gross income and the Internal Revenue Service taking its portion of one's paycheck, the worker with a disability can be left with 42.5 percent out of each dollar earned.
January 26, 2010
WE CAN'T FAULT Gov. Rendell for leading the trip that rescued 53 orphans from a Haitian orphanage last week and brought them to Pennsylvania. We understand how gratified he was that his "clout" as governor was able to cut through a pile of red tape. Too bad his clout wasn't enough to better help the 340,000 disabled Pennsylvanians - among them, 67,000 children - who live in miserable poverty right here. Advocates for the elderly and disabled in Pennsylvania only recently learned that Pennsylvania's budget - finally passed in October, four months late - was balanced in part by reducing already-small supplementary payments to the commonwealth's poor and disabled citizens.
June 10, 1997
Last year, Congress ripped up the safety net for legal immigrants to the United States. This played to ill-informed public resentment of immigrants, and it made "welfare reform" look like a big money-saver. Fortunately, even as President Clinton was letting a bad welfare bill become law, he made clear his determination to restore some benefits to needy non-citizens. This spring's budget deal upheld that goal. But Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee have produced a bill that doesn't deliver what Newt Gingrich promised.
August 23, 1997
Vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, President Clinton has time to relax and to celebrate his administration's accomplishments: UPS trucks rolling again. Welfare roles shrinking. The economy booming. Budget balanced. And thousands of poor, sick children are losing the benefits that keep many of them out of institutions by enabling their parents to care for them at home. That last is no accomplishment - it's a disgrace. But the administration appears committed to a cruel and wrong-headed policy that oversteps the changes Congress intended last year when it tightened eligibility for Supplemental Security Income disability payments to children.
August 15, 1992 |
If there haven't been more municipal union press conferences this summer than negotiation sessions, it's getting close. While talks between the city and its unions remain stalemated, District Council 47 yesterday held its second press conference in a week to outline how and where the city could find money for a new labor contract. Thomas Paine Cronin, president of the union representing 3,000 white-collar workers, says the city could pick up about $10 million by helping state officials transfer disabled welfare recipients onto federal assistance roles.
March 1, 1992 |
Social Security officials and attorneys for the disabled are looking for 15,505 people in Pennsylvania and Delaware who may be eligible to reapply for benefits they were unfairly denied a decade ago. Each person could be entitled to $40,000 to $150,000. All stand to gain from the settlement reached in July in a 1983 federal class-action suit, Bailey v. Sullivan, said Peter B. Macky, attorney for Susquehanna Legal Services, the central Pennsylvania group that sued on behalf of the disabled.
October 17, 1987 |
Responding to a storm of outrage from Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Otis R. Bowen yesterday abruptly canceled a policy that reduced welfare payments to elderly and disabled Americans who receive food, shelter, firewood, clothing or other free aid from charitable groups. The policy, which took effect Oct. 1 with no public announcement, would have counted non-cash assistance as income for people seeking or receiving benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
March 28, 1995 |
Evelyn Sostre is convinced her daughter, Sarai Ortiz, would never have had the chance to mature into an 11th-grade honor student who wants to be a lawyer without the help of Sarai's $458 monthly Supplemental Security Income check. Born with cerebral palsy, asthma and other afflictions, Sarai, 16, has undergone eight leg operations and numerous hospitalizations, Sostre told a congressional committee yesterday. SSI money has helped buy braces, special shoes and eyeglasses, rent wheelchairs and walkers, provide transportation for Sarai's after-school and weekend activities and cover basic living expenses so Sostre could stay home and care for her daughter.
July 9, 1991 |
More than 450,000 children denied Social Security disability benefits in the 1980s will be notified this week that they can have their cases reopened to determine whether the government wrongly blocked them from receiving the benefits. Starting tomorrow, the Social Security Administration will mail notices to 452,000 children or their families who were denied assistance between Jan. 1, 1980, and Feb. 27, 1990, inviting them to apply for a rehearing. An additional 60,000 children who were denied benefits under interim rules in place between Feb. 28, 1990, and Feb. 11, 1991, will automatically have their claims re-examined, the Social Security Administration announced yesterday.
February 1, 2010
As of this week, several hundred thousand elderly poor and disabled Pennsylvanians will be nickel-and-dimed to help balance the state's $28 billion budget. That's wrong, and all the more unconscionable given a state budget that benefited fat cats while resorting to an expansion of casino gambling to raise revenue. In reaching their months-late budget deal in October, Harrisburg lawmakers and Gov. Rendell necessarily nipped and tucked state spending in hundreds of other ways.