Murt Appointed to Team to Study Ways to Escape Poverty
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) has been appointed by House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana) to participate in a detailed study of the current design of Pennsylvania’s benefit’s structures as part of the committee’s “Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty” initiative.

Co-chairing the “Benefits That Work” subgroup with Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Delmont), the next step of the initiative was announced in “Beyond Poverty” the committee’s preliminary findings report issued in April in Harrisburg.

“Anti-poverty programs should lift people out of poverty, not create a situation of dependence on government,” Murt said on the reasoning behind the “Benefits That Work” subgroup. “Government should not penalize those on assistance by making it harder for them to make ends meet as they move off of the programs. Public assistance programs should reward success, not punish it.”

By reassessing if Pennsylvania’s public assistance programs are designed for the most effective and efficient use of our tax dollars, the committee hopes to create a system that both encourages an individual’s economic growth while protecting the hard earned taxpayer dollars.

“Pennsylvanian’s should not need to decide between taking an extra shift at work or keeping their child’s preschool services,” said Chairman Reed on the need for comprehensive reassessment of the current benefits structure’s effectiveness.

Murt and Krieger will visit with community and faith-based groups as they move ahead in their investigation. These meetings could include tour, roundtable discussions, and additional input from both local and statewide organizations.

You can get more information on “Empowering Opportunities” here.

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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