Kenyatta urges Pa. Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta released the following statement today urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens:

“While I strongly feel General Assistance should never have been eliminated in the first place and must be fully reinstated, bringing back this critical lifeline temporarily, as being considered by the state Supreme Court, is at least a step in the right direction.

“This effort reflects my legislation (H.B. 1709) that would provide emergency relief to those who previously received support through GA – such as families living below the poverty line, domestic violence survivors, veterans and individuals in active drug treatment.

“GA provided roughly $200 a month to help our most vulnerable citizens afford life’s necessities – including soap, toothpaste, meals and a ride to work. It’s our obligation as public servants to do what’s in the best interest of all Pennsylvanians, not just those who see this program as a costly handout. However, that’s the exact message the legislature sent back in June when other members voted to end it.

“We’ve been down this path before when GA was eliminated in 2012, and I hope the state Supreme Court will once again decide that this latest action to kick people while they’re down is unconstitutional,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila.