THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS in checks could be on their way to citizens as a governor asks Congress to spend $2 billion in unclaimed American Rescue Plan monies.
Governor Tom Wolf is hoping that some of the funds will be returned to Pennsylvanians in a $2,000 stimulus payment.
The one-time cheques would be comparable to payments pushed by former President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden during the pandemic’s peak but on a state-by-state basis.
“Working families have been strained,” Wolf remarked at Thursday’s press conference.
“Their wallets have been strained to the breaking point. They’ve been pushed to their breaking point by the recent huge price rises.”
According to Wolf’s plan, households would get a payment from the Pennsylvania Treasury.
He urged Republican members in the state House and Senate to take action, claiming that he is not touching emergency funding or the existing budget but rather unused federal pandemic monies.
According to Wolf, the money must be spent by 2024, or it would be lost.
“If we don’t utilize it, we have to send it back to Washington, and now is the time to use it,” he said.
Wolf said that families across the state have “been put in an extremely tough spot,” Wolf said.
“The good news is that we are currently able to assist.”
Households earning $50,000 or less would get a one-time $2,000 payout under the Pennsylvania Opportunity Plan. KDKA stated that those earning between $50,000 and $80,000 will receive $1,500.
The bill’s author, State Senator Tina Tartaglione, stated that the funds may be used for anything.
“Childcare and after school, education and workforce training, rental or mortgage assistance, home maintenance, transportation and petrol tank filling, broadband and utilities, and medical bill copays,” she added, which might also support local companies.
“That money is immediately reinvested in the local economy.” The money will flow straight into the economy, allowing some of the enterprises that needed to pick up.”
Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward said she had only recently heard of the proposal and would like to learn more about it.
The checks would come directly from the state treasury and would not be taxed as income if they were authorized.
ADDITIONAL STATE PROGRAMS
On Thursday, Delaware lawmakers enacted a bill that will deliver up to $300 in payments to thousands of qualified individuals.
According to the state, Delaware residents who submitted a 2020 tax return will get the monies.
Individuals will be eligible for $300, while married couples filing jointly will be suitable for $600.
Residents who did not earn enough money to file a tax return and senior citizens are eligible.
The lump-sum payments are intended to assist offset growing living costs and inflation.
Governor John Carney has signed the bill.
“Delaware residents are paying more at the grocery store and at the petrol pump,” Carney added.
“Every taxpayer I’ve ever spoken with expects us to manage their money in a responsible and long-term sustainable way.”
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“These direct payments to Delaware households are part of a larger, prudent budget proposal that would invest in education, our economy, and Delaware communities and build reserves to help our state prepare for the future.”
According to MPs, residents who have already submitted their 2020 personal income tax returns should get funds by the end of May.