HARRISBURG - State senators say Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has agreed to a one-month extension of a Depression-era cash benefit it wants to eliminate for tens of thousands of poor adults who're unable to work.
Sen. Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia said Friday the administration agreed to extend the $200-a-month benefit that it was otherwise poised to end Sunday. The program would last until Aug. 1.
Hughes opposes the benefit's elimination, but says the extension is designed to create time for the state to notify people that they'll be losing the benefit and help them seek out other public assistance.
A coalition of faith-based and community aid organizations from across Pennsylvania, including the AARP, the United Way and Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist and Jewish groups, had lobbied to keep it intact.