A state welfare program that's been around since the Great Depression has ended. 60,000 Pennsylvanians had been receiving $200-monthly checks through the cash assistance portion of the General Assistance program. The program was eliminated in the state budget though, and a one-month extension has just run out.
The program elimination will save the state about $150-million dollars. Administration officials say the cost of public assistance is growing at an unsustainable rate.