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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