Grove Supports House Passage of Welfare Reform Measures
4/12/2011

Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) today voted with the majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to advance several bills aimed at reducing welfare fraud and returning accountability to programs administered by the Commonwealth. 

“Welfare fraud hurts the taxpayers, and it also takes resources away from those individuals who truly require public assistance,” said Grove.  “The programs offered by the state were meant to assist individuals who are unable to hold employment because of age, disability or extenuating circumstances.  They were never intended to be lifelong support programs for able-bodied adults.” 

House Republicans drafted eight welfare reform bills, known as the WelFAIR package, aimed at restoring fairness, accountability, integrity and responsibility to the management of Pennsylvania’s state welfare benefits.  Bills included in the package that were voted today are: 

  • House Bill 960, which would create an Income Eligibility Verification System.
  • House Bill 1251, which would increase penalties for welfare fraud.
  • House Bill 1261, which would prohibit applicants from benefits shopping for higher assistance amounts in neighboring counties by basing benefit amounts on the permanent legal residence of applicants. 

Grove co-sponsored all three measures. 

“Pennsylvania’s resources are limited, and taxpayers have the right to expect state government to be good stewards of public funds,” said Grove.  “Those who perpetrate welfare fraud are stealing from the taxpayers and from every person who is unable because of an infirmity, mental illness or other valid reason to support one’s self.  A civil society provides a safety net for the underprivileged, but when that safety net is supporting one in six residents of the Commonwealth, we have to ask ourselves if it has become a hammock for those who just do not want to work.” 

More information about Grove and the WelFAIR package is available at RepGrove.com and Facebook.com/RepSethGrove. 

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
Twitter.com/RepGrove

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