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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 21, 2018 09:10 AM
From: Representative George Dunbar
To: All House members
Subject: Re-enacting the elimination of the general assistance cash benefit program
Please join me as a co-sponsor of legislation to re-enact the elimination of the general assistance cash benefit program.

The general assistance cash benefit program ended on August 1, 2012 under the provisions of Act 80 of 2012. This state-only funded program paid a cash benefit to individuals who did not qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

This re-enactment is necessary because Act 80 was recently overturned by the courts on procedural grounds. Following that court decision, the Department of Human Services has begun operating the program, despite the fact that the program was not funded in the current fiscal year’s budget.

Without this legislation, the cost of this program—totaling roughly $150 million in its last year of operation—will crowd out other important spending priorities that must be addressed in the coming fiscal year.

I look forward to working with you on this important legislation.

Introduced as HB33