April 18, 2015 |
In accepting the Democratic nomination for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised to "end welfare as we know it. " "We will say to those on welfare: You will have, and you deserve, the opportunity, through training and education, through child care and medical coverage, to liberate yourself. But then, when you can, you must work, because welfare should be a second chance, not a way of life. " Republicans agreed with Clinton on that, if little else, and welfare reform became a reality in 1996.
February 7, 2015 |
Erik Hendricks, 71, of Haverford, a former staff member and longtime executive director of the Pennsylvania SPCA, died Friday, Jan. 30, of leukemia at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Hendricks' tenure with the animal welfare group ran from 1976 to 2007, and he helped create and implement some of the signature programs and services the PSPCA offers. He also advocated at the state level for stricter laws to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. "We are proud to have had Erik as part of our history, and we honor his commitment to our lifesaving mission," said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the PSPCA.
September 7, 2014 |
WHEN YOU WORK within the system, you apparently learn how to exploit it. Three Social Security Administration employees are at the center of a massive fraud scheme that netted over $76,000 in welfare benefits, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. Sakeenah Belle, 31, Chanae Thomas, 31, and Felicia Fernandez, 30, are accused of using their positions with the SSA to submit false documents that underreported their annual incomes and allowed them to gain eligibility for welfare benefits, medical assistance and subsidized child care, Jamerson said.
May 16, 2014 |
A legal fight between a Moorestown woman and Burlington County animal welfare workers ended in Municipal Court on Wednesday when 66 charges were dismissed. The charges - 33 criminal and 33 civil - against Kate Decker alleged that she neglected her dogs, because some did not have water. Investigators also said some stacked crates did not have a barrier between the top and bottom, as required by law. Decker, 69, a widow, cares for rescued animals, mostly dogs, in her home and garage.
November 25, 2013 |
Pennsylvania's controversial ex-welfare secretary has a new gig. The State of Maine has hired Gary Alexander's consulting firm to study the state's Medicaid system and examine Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The contract is worth nearly $1 million. Alexander's stormy, two-year tenure in the Corbett administration was marked by deep cuts to social service programs serving the disabled, the elderly, women, and children. Alexander also opposed expansion of Medicaid.
October 24, 2013 |
A Corbett administration official said she is "rethinking" the food-stamp asset test, a controversial measure that ties the federal benefits people receive to their bank accounts and car ownership. Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth made the statement during a meeting with The Inquirer's editorial board Tuesday. Her remark represents a potential sea change in how the administration views dealing with the poor, advocates say. "We are thrilled," said Julie Zaebst, policy manager for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.
September 17, 2013 |
The state of Pennsylvania has denied as many as eight of every 10 applications for cash welfare in 2013, a major increase over previous years, an Inquirer review of Department of Public Welfare figures shows. It's a pattern being repeated in 17 other states. The increased rate of denials coincides with a change in state law. Before Pennsylvanians apply for welfare, they now must seek at least three jobs and document their efforts. Critics contend that the ultimate goal of the new rule, known as pre-approval work search, is to stymie applicants from getting welfare by making the process harder.
August 10, 2013 |
Police Officer Teresa Sanchious wiped away tears Thursday, struggling with emotion as she told a jury she wished she had done more to save 3-year-old Jaquinn Brewton. Taking the stand on the third day of the trial of Jaquinn's godmother, Nadera Batson - charged with beating Jaquinn to death in a filthy West Philadelphia apartment in 2011 - Sanchious said she and her partner saw Batson pushing Jaquinn in his stroller through a Rite Aid parking lot just days before the boy's fatal beating.
August 7, 2013 |
NADYA "OCTOMOM" SULEMAN may have been caught with her hand in the cookie jar due to her other hand being in her honey pot. TMZ.com reports that evidence is mounting that Octo scammed taxpayers by committing welfare fraud after authorities found pay stubs from her work in self-gratification porn. The Los Angeles County Department of Welfare and Fraud seized Octo's financial records and said that she'd been overpaid $15,683 in welfare money from January to May of this year.
July 28, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A proposal to change the name of Department of Public Welfare became an eleventh-hour casualty of the budget process. So for now, Pennsylvania remains one of only two states that still uses welfare in the title of the agency that oversees programs for low-income residents. This fall, supporters will urge the Senate to consider legislation already approved by the House that would rename the agency the Department of Human Services. Bill sponsor Rep. Tom Murt (R., Montgomery)