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Stimulus update 2022: Massive $2,000 direct one-time payments could be sent out

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/1/2022 Rachel Schilke
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Pennsylvanian leaders are asking the state's General Assembly to provide $2,000 direct one-time payments using money the state already has in the bank.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf joined state Democratic Rep. Sara Innamorato in calling on the Republican-led General Assembly to pass legislation creating the $500 million PA Opportunity Program, according to a Monday release.

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The program, introduced in February, would provide Pennsylvanian households taking in an income of $80,000 or less direct payments of up to $2,000. It originally would have used American Rescue Plan Act funds, but it switched over to general funds with support from other Democrats in the state House and Senate, such as Rep. David Delloso and Sen. Christine Tartaglione.

"As we continue our recovery efforts on the state level, we need to remember that individuals in our communities all across the state are still trying to recover too," Delloso said in his memo to the House. "It is time we step up to help Pennsylvanians now."

Tartaglione wrote a similar memo to the Senate supporting the program's switch to general funds, emphasizing the program could help alleviate financial burdens in areas such as child care services, education and workforce training, housing repairs, and medical bills and copays.

"Whether it be navigating unemployment compensation, juggling work-from-home with childcare and online school, or identifying resources to make ends meet — Pennsylvanians have shown their toughness," she wrote. "Despite this resiliency, friends and neighbors are still struggling to stabilize budgets and rebuild savings. The pandemic also led many workers to re-think career goals and consider new jobs that foster better work-life balance."

The release said that despite "wide public support," the General Assembly chose not to appropriate funding during budget negotiations.

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“This money will make a life-changing difference for families in communities across the commonwealth, providing a much-needed buffer against prices that are artificially and temporarily higher due to inflation,” Wolf said. “Let’s put this cash back in the pockets of Pennsylvanians to help cover the higher costs of gas, groceries, and everything else."

Wolf has worked to provide financial relief through his office, too. On Aug. 24, he announced that elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians who applied for property tax or rent rebates can expect an additional one-time bonus equated to 70% of the received rebate.

 

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