Friday, October 7, 2022

Govt. Wolf pushing for $2,000 checks to Pennsylvanians using American Rescue Plan Act money

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is calling on the state’s General Assembly to pass legislation for the American Rescue Plan Act-funded $500 million PA Opportunity Program, which would send $2,000 checks to Pennsylvanians.“Pennsylvanians should not have to choose between paying for utilities or groceries, child care or gas. We have the opportunity and the means to ensure they’re not struggling, to ensure their success,” Wolf said in a news release. “I’m asking the General Assembly to unite across aisles on this for the sake of every Pennsylvanian – for when they succeed, our commonwealth succeeds. Let’s get this money out of our coffers and into the pockets of Pennsylvanians.”Despite a $1.7 billion proposal by Wolf, his office said Pennsylvania is sitting on more than $2 billion in federal ARPA dollars that remain without a plan and uncommitted. The money would have to ​be sent back to the federal government by Dec. 31, 2024.Wolf’s office said last week, Democratic leaders in the Senate and House committed to introducing bills to support Wolf’s PA Opportunity Program. The program uses $500 million in ARPA dollars to provide direct payments of up to $2,000 for Pennsylvania households with an income of $80,000 or less. The program aims to help families still recovering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic or support them with covering pandemic-related costs and managing the current, every day increasing cost of living. Click here to read more information about Wolf’s push to send cash support to Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is calling on the state’s General Assembly to pass legislation for the American Rescue Plan Act-funded $500 million PA Opportunity Program, which would send $2,000 checks to Pennsylvanians.

“Pennsylvanians should not have to choose between paying for utilities or groceries, child care or gas. We have the opportunity and the means to ensure they’re not struggling, to ensure their success,” Wolf said in a news release. “I’m asking the General Assembly to unite across aisles on this for the sake of every Pennsylvanian – for when they succeed, our commonwealth succeeds. Let’s get this money out of our coffers and into the pockets of Pennsylvanians.”

Despite a $1.7 billion proposal by Wolf, his office said Pennsylvania is sitting on more than $2 billion in federal ARPA dollars that remain without a plan and uncommitted.

The money would have to ​be sent back to the federal government by Dec. 31, 2024.

Wolf’s office said last week, Democratic leaders in the Senate and House committed to introducing bills to support Wolf’s PA Opportunity Program.

The program uses $500 million in ARPA dollars to provide direct payments of up to $2,000 for Pennsylvania households with an income of $80,000 or less.

The program aims to help families still recovering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic or support them with covering pandemic-related costs and managing the current, every day increasing cost of living.

Click here to read more information about Wolf’s push to send cash support to Pennsylvanians.

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