Gov. Tom Corbett's nominee to manage Pennsylvania's services for the poor and disabled says he's focusing on trying to shift people off public aid and into jobs and rooting out people who get services illegally.


Gov. Tom Corbett's nominee to manage Pennsylvania's services for the poor and disabled says he's focusing on trying to shift people off public aid and into jobs and rooting out people who get services illegally.

Public Welfare Secretary-nominee Gary Alexander spoke Wednesday to the state Senate Appropriations Committee, where he got an earful from senators about Corbett's proposed cuts to county-level aid programs and hospitals.

Alexander insists hospitals are getting an increase, just not as much as they expected. He also says he's working on a comprehensive overhaul of Pennsylvania's social safety net to rein in costs he calls unsustainable, but has nothing to present yet.

Alexander has received some compliments for his work on Rhode Island's system, although officials there question his claims about saving money.