Stimulus Checks For Pennsylvanians? Here’s Where Gov. Tom Wolf’s Push For $2,000 Direct Payments Stands

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Gov. Tom Wolf recently launched a push for the General Assembly to pass legislation that would send $2,000 in direct payments to many Pennsylvanians. The legislation will be part of the $500 million PA Opportunity Program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Pennsylvanians should not have to choose between paying for utilities or groceries, childcare or gas. We have the opportunity and the means to ensure they’re not struggling, to ensure their success,” Wolf said n a statement. “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.”

Wolf’s Stimulus Check Proposal

Wolf made the proposal in late April. Here’s where the push for stimulus checks in Pennsylvania stands.

There haven’t been many updates on efforts for direct stimulus check relief in a few weeks. Nevertheless, according to Wolf, the Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate are on board to introduce bills to support the program.

“Times are tough right now as prices have gone up on everything from gas to groceries, and I’m here to talk about solutions,” Wolf said in late April, according to Newsweek. “I support long-term solutions to better support working families, like raising the minimum wage, but I’m also proposing a solution to help Pennsylvanians get back on their feet right now.”

The plan would reportedly provide $2,000 direct payments to Pennsylvanians making $80,000 or less. Wolf’s press release stated, “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, everyday increasing cost of living.”

According to WPIX, Pennslyvania is sitting on over $2 billion in federal ARPA aid. If not used by Dec. 31, 2024, the funds will be sent back to the federal government.

With that kind of funds and the gov. office behind the push, the campaign for more stimulus checks is clearly in full effect.

 

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