Pennsylvania denies 80 percent of welfare requests; a national trend?

The state of Pennsylvania, thanks to a new work rule, has denied as many as eight of every 10 applications for cash welfare in 2013, a major increase over previous years, an Inquirer review of Department of Public Welfare figures shows, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Critics say the new rules, requiring a greater effort to find work, are designed to punish the poor.  State says it's meant to encourage people to find work and to avoid getting on welfare in the first place.

The newspapers says that the pattern is being repeated in 17 other states.

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