People who legitimately need public assistance are being rejected because Republicans changed the law to make job search requirements kick in before people receive assistance. They have to apply for three jobs a week on our utterly useless CareerLink website.
If you brought this problem up to any Republican elected officials, there is about a zero percent chance they would care. It’s not about actually saving money or stopping legitimate, intentional fraud. They think “welfare” is for the blah people, not mostly rural Republican-Americans in central Pennsylvania, and they want to cut the blah people off, whether they actually qualify for public assistance or not. Because they’re assholes.
Kate Giammarise looks out over the wreckage:
About 75 percent or more applicants for cash assistance are turned down every month — leaving needy families without aid, advocates say.
The change? Beginning in July 2012, state law required applicants to apply to at least three jobs a week — including while their application for assistance is still pending, which can be several weeks. Previously, an applicant would be required to fulfill the program’s work requirement after being approved for assistance, rather than prior to applying.