"It's totally unfair," said Gary Drapek, chairman of the United Way of Pennsylvania and president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
"What's happening over and over again is they're trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor" who lack lobbyists and are less likely to vote.
said the budget continues a five-year trend of declining state money for people who need it most in an era when people who never asked for help before need it.
More and more often, residents seeking aid from local social service agencies are people who used to contribute to the United Way
"And what it's going to do is put a greater burden on every community in Pennsylvania to try to come up with more money to help these people who need help and those who need help are middle-class Americans who never needed help before," he
said the homeless assistance cut is especially troubling because federal funding for an emergency food and shelter program is being cut 40 percent.