Corbett Orders State to Offset Food Stamp Cuts

Money will come from federal energy assistance program.

Smells like an election year:

“Citing a desire to protect the state’s neediest, Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said Wednesday it will provide additional heating assistance to undo food stamp cuts to Pennsylvania that were part of the federal farm bill signed last month. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Welfare said the $8 million in supplemental federal energy assistance that the state will put toward ‘heat and eat’ would preserve $300 million in food aid for up to 400,000 families statewide. Those families would have otherwise seen their food stamp benefits decline by an average of $65 monthly had the state not acted.”

Why is this a surprise? Don’t forget Corbett previously has been a slasher of the state’s social welfare programs.

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)