Promoting Self-Sufficiency with Welfare Work Requirements
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Promoting Self-Sufficiency with Welfare Work Requirements

To ensure that public assistance programs can benefit those in legitimate need, the House is advancing three measures designed to encourage self-reliance through work experiences. In other states with work requirements, families have seen their incomes double and have been able to follow their dreams of self-sustainability.

House Bill 2138 would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to institute work or community engagement requirements for able-bodied Medical Assistance recipients. The work requirements include being employed or attending a job training program for 20 or more hours a week or completing 12 job training program-related activities in a month. Exceptions do apply for those unable to work. The bill passed the House and is now awaiting consideration by the Senate.

Also before the House is House Bill 1659, which would require healthy (able-bodied) adults without children to work, perform community service, participate in a work program or be enrolled as a full-time student in order to receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

Another bill advancing to help ensure maximum efficiency of welfare programs is House Bill 1618, which would require the forfeiture of any assistance allotments that are unused after a six-month period.
Filling In-Demand Jobs Now and in the Future

To help job creators fill in-demand jobs now and in the future, the House is considering a package of nine bills which seek to improve career and technical education opportunities and enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.

The package includes measures to promote public-private partnerships; remove barriers for qualified career and technical educators; expand awareness of training opportunities and future earning potential; increase flexibility for innovative secondary career and technical programs; enhance and promote articulation agreements; develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center; coordinate state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities; improve local and occupational advisory committees; and add K-12 teachers to the membership of the Workforce Development Board.

The package was developed following recommendations made by the House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness, which was created to study and review the Commonwealth’s career and technical education policy.

The bills are expected to receive a final vote in the House next week.

More information is available here.
‘The Wall That Heals’ to be Displayed at State Capitol May 9-13

“The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and an accompanying mobile Education Center, will be displayed on the State Capitol Grounds Wednesday, May 9, through Sunday, May 13.

The display will begin with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. on May 9, and closing at 2 p.m. on May 13. The display will be open 24 hours each day, and admission is free.

Constructed of powder-coated aluminum, the wall features 24 individual panels bearing the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Since many Americans have not been able to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), creators of both the original wall and the replica, want to give all citizens, veterans and their family members an opportunity to see the memorial.

Additional information about the mobile replica can be found at For more information about the Capitol event, or to volunteer to watch over the wall while it’s on the Capitol grounds, please visit
Driving By Example

Many parents know how nerve-wracking it is when our child gets a permit or driver’s license. You are always worrying and wondering if you’ve done everything you can to teach them to be a safe driver.

Young drivers tend to emulate what their parents or guardians do when behind the wheel. If you answer your phone when driving, chances are your teen will as well. Have a lead foot? Your teen probably will too. Want your child to wear a seat belt? Buckle up yourself.

According to PennDOT, a 2013 survey conducted by Ford Motor Company revealed 95 percent of parents believe they are safe drivers, yet 82 percent of their teens reported seeing their parents be careless when driving. The survey also revealed 78 percent of tweens say their mothers and fathers have “a lot of influence” on the way they will drive and 66 percent of teenage drivers say their parents’ actions influence their driving

It is never too early to start setting a good example behind the wheel. Talk to your children about driving before they turn 16. Remember, you play a key role in your child’s driving behavior.
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