For those of you who haven’t heard, Governor Wolf has stripped the asset test from the SNAP (food stamp) program beginning today, April 27. You can read more about the decision at http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2015/04/27/Wolf-scrapping-controversial-assets-test-for-food-stamps/stories/201504270008.
This is a great step forward for all Pennsylvanians, especially those who are working to emerge from poverty. Asset tests such as the one in Pennsylvania prevented families from saving money in order to buy a car to go to work or pay for classes that would improve their career. In addition, Governor Wolf’s administration estimates that $3.5 million will be saved by eliminating the asset test since the Department of Human Services will have less paperwork to process.
As we continue to work with Governor Wolf and the legislature to take steps forward for Pennsylvanians, we hope you will join us by joining POP. If your organization wishes to sign on, please email Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org.