Pennsylvania Department of Health (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead spoke at Coatesville City Hall today, asking the General Assembly to send $2,000 checks to eligible Pennsylvanians.
The proposed PA Opportunity Program looks to allocate
$500 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to provide direct payments of up to $2,000 for each Pennsylvania household earning $80,000 or less.
“The cost of everything from gas to groceries is a little higher right now than it was just a few weeks ago and for Pennsylvanians living paycheck to paycheck even a small increase in expenses can mean painful decisions like paying for food or rent,” said Acting Secretary Snead. “In the Department of Human Services, I see the disadvantages in communities across Pennsylvania and these $2,000 checks would make a great impact as prices around us soar.”
“Pennsylvanians shouldn’t have to wait any longer,” said Snead. “Let’s get this money into the hands of our neighbors who need it the most.”
“Pennsylvanians are feeling the pinch of rising prices on everything from gas to groceries,” said Rep. Williams. “While we still need to address the corporate greed and price gouging occurring, we’re seeing far too much of, our friends and neighbors need assistance right now. With a record state surplus this year and American Relief Plan funds that haven’t been used, let’s not delay and put this money to work for everyday Pennsylvanians. The Pennsylvania Opportunity Program would provide relief payments to help working families address their greatest needs.”
“We are all eager to put COVID-19 behind us, but the fact is many Pennsylvania families are still recovering from the economic fallout of the pandemic and rising consumer costs,” said Senator Comitta. “The Pa Opportunity Program puts relief where it belongs – in the pockets of Pennsylvanians who need it the most. This one-time payment can make a big difference for families struggling to pay for necessities like utilities, groceries, childcare, or gas.”
Legislation for the PA Opportunity Program is found in Senate Bill 1204 and House Bill 2531, both of which have stalled in Congress. Pennsylvania has until December 31, 2024, to use the funds before they are returned to the Federal Government.
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