Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has been lobbying the state legislature to adopt a bill that would provide many residents of the Keystone State a direct payment stimulus check of $2,000. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which funds the legislation, would provide $500 million for the Pennsylvania Opportunity Program.
It’s not fair that families in Pennsylvania have to choose between rent and food, or child care and transportation. We have the chance and the resources to make sure they aren’t suffering and make sure they succeed,” Wolf said in a statement. For the sake of every Pennsylvanian, I’m calling on the state legislature to put aside partisan differences and work together to get this done. Put this cash into the hands of Pennsylvanians and out of our wallets.
Wolf’s Stimulus Check Proposal
That offer came from Wolf in late April. This is the current status of the effort to get stimulus check funds in the state of Pennsylvania.
Over the last several weeks, there haven’t been many updates on the progress being made to provide immediate stimulus check relief. Nonetheless, Wolf claims that the proposal has the backing of the Democratic leaders in both the House and the Senate.
Prices have gone up for just about everything, from petrol to groceries, and I’m here to speak about alternatives,” Wolf reportedly stated in late April, as reported by Newsweek. Besides my proposal to assist Pennsylvanians to get back on their feet immediately, I favor long-term initiatives to further support working families, such as increasing the minimum wage.
Those in Pennsylvania earning less than $80,000 per year would allegedly get $2,000 in direct payments under the scheme. According to the news release issued by Wolf, “The initiative seeks to aid families still recovering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic or support them in paying pandemic-related expenditures and managing the present, daily growing cost of living.”
WPIX reports that Pennsylvania has hoarded more than $2 billion in ARPA funding from the federal government. The money will be returned to the federal government if it is not used before December 31, 2024.
Campaigning for further stimulus checks is certainly underway with funding on that scale and the support of the government office.