TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Corbett on welfare waivers: No thanks

Daily Photo Galleries

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 9:01 p.m.
 

In no uncertain terms, Gov. Tom Corbett has rejected the Obama administration's re-election-year pander allowing states to dispense with the work requirement under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

What Pennsylvania's welfare recipients deserve is a lifeline, not a noose.

“The flexibility offered through this potential waiver will simply lock states into another round of caseload expansion and escalate welfare spending,” Gov. Corbett writes. “More importantly, it will handicap our ability to ensure that an effective safety net is preserved for the truly needy ... .”

That's precisely what happened previously when Pennsylvania's TANF program went limp on the work requirement — and full-time job placement for adult recipients fell “significantly,” Corbett writes.

Moreover, of six states that have reduced their welfare rolls during the recession, four match work requirements with time limits, writes Elizabeth Stelle for the Commonwealth Foundation. Nationwide, “stagnant welfare rolls experienced unprecedented declines” after welfare reform, with its work requirement, in 1996, according to The Heritage Foundation. Millions of families transitioned from the government dole to work and newfound independence.

Work restores not only a paycheck but self-dignity and self-respect. As Corbett says, Pennsylvanians “deserve better” than a welfare redux.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Domestic dispute at gas station leads to lockdown at Arsenal Middle School
  2. U.S. Steel to relocate corporate headquarters on former Civic Arena site
  3. New Kensington-Arnold employee suspended over alleged inappropriate contact with student
  4. Allegheny judge Woodruff, ex-Steelers corner, to run for Pa. Supreme Court
  5. Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case
  6. High winds knock out power, injure man at Cranberry construction site
  7. Judge orders 28 UPMC protesters who blocked traffic to do community service
  8. Judge hears arguments on Conneaut tax status, sheriff’s sale could be delayed
  9. 4 injured when vehicles collide, car plows into North Huntingdon auto body shop
  10. Allegheny County will stop asking about employees’ criminal history, executive says
  11. Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.