Nearly 25 percent of Pennsylvania’s population receives some kind of public benefit from the state and lawmakers are trying to take action to change that statistic.
WGAL-TV reports that Pennsylvania's Health and Human Services budget now makes up more than 40 percent of the state budget. As of Oct. 2017, nearly 3.2 million people in the state received some kind of public benefit.
State lawmakers are now proposing a 20-bill package aimed at welfare reform, which they say will help get rid of waste, fraud, and abuse within the current system.
The bill would require able-bodied adults with no dependents to work. Lawmakers claim that provision alone would apply to more than half of the people receiving state benefits.
The bill also establishes limits on how long people could stay on certain benefit programs.
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