Pa Lawmakers Look To Sharpen Welfare Oversight

01.15.14 | Bob Price

Two Republican state senators want more stringent oversight of Pennsylvania's public assistance programs. Senate President Joe Scarnati and Senator David Argall have announced plans to strengthen the integrity of the state's welfare department. Their four-pronged proposal would get tough on people convicted of serious welfare abuse. Wary Democrats contend the cost of ferreting out abuse can sometimes surpass the cost of the fraud itself. Republicans also want the Pennsylvania Lottery to report individual winnings to the state so that can be used as a factor in determining ongoing benefit eligibility. Argall and Scarnati also want to address complaints about recipients of public assistance driving luxury vehicles.