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Welfare secretary: Pa. can't afford to change name

Published: Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 1:50 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of the Department of Public Welfare says the state can’t afford a legislative proposal to change its name to the Department of Human Services.

Bev Mackereth said today that the cost to the agency would be about $8 million. If it wasn’t for the price tag, Mackereth says she’d be in favor of it.

Rep. Thomas Murt introduced the bill. The House Republican from suburban Philadelphia says it would “remove the stigma often associated with public assistance and welfare” and reflect the department’s range of services.

A legislative committee is expected to take up Murt’s bill on Wednesday.

Mackereth gave a brief presentation today to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett named her last month to head the agency after Gary Alexander’s departure.


1redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Good , it shoukd ber embrassing to be on welfare for some people who are too lazy to work

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2busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

We can change the name The Department Entitlement Allocations.

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3LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

How about The Department of Being More Christian than Christians? or The Department of Decency and Helping our fellow Americans?

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