Pennsylvania stimulus: Wolf pushing for $2,000 checks to Pennsylvanians


Gov. Tom Wolf came to Pittsburgh Wednesday to discuss his proposed plan to give $2,000 in direct payments to Pennsylvanians using American Rescue Plan Act money.

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.

In April, Wolf’s office said 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, everyday increasing cost of living.

“I’m talking about $2 billion that’s sitting in a checking account out in Harrisburg,” Wolf said at the West View Hub on Wednesday. “If we don’t use it by the end of 2024, we have to send it back to Washington.”


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