HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Advocates for food-stamp recipients in Pennsylvania are lining up against a Corbett administration plan to bar the aid for people who have more than a certain amount of assets.
The House Human Services Committee on Thursday is holding the only public hearing held so far on the change scheduled to take effect May 1.
It would bar households with eligible assets of more than $5,500, and $9,000 for those with an elderly or disabled member. There is currently no asset test, but there's an income limit. A family of four, for example, qualifies only if its income is less than $35,300.
Carey Morgan, director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says the plan will punish people for saving money and add more bureaucratic red tape to the food-stamp program.