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PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG - The new $27.65 billion state budget produced clear winners and losers.

Some 70,000 individuals, mostly adults with disabilities - who lose monthly stipends of about $200 as of Aug. 1 with the end of the General Assistance cash grant program - rank among the biggest losers under the spending plan for fiscal 2012-13 signed Saturday night by Gov. Tom Corbett after a marathon weekend legislative session.

Democratic lawmakers couldn't save the assistance program, but they won a 30-day extension before the program ends and a commitment from the Corbett administration to see if recipients are eligible for other services, Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, said Monday.

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