Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf reintroduces proposal to put $2,000 in residents’ pockets

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and Democratic state lawmakers have reintroduced a proposal to send $2,000 checks to lower-income households to provide relief for the higher cost of living.

Wolf announced the measure in February, proposing that the state use $1.7 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars to fund the PA Opportunity Program, though it stalled in the Republican-led general assembly as some argued that it would drive inflation up.

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“This year’s budget made major investments in working families across the commonwealth, putting Pennsylvania on a pack to a brighter future, but we still have the funds to make this investment in the people of Pennsylvania right now,” said Wolf in a statement. “People need help now, and we can afford to help them. Let’s put this cash back in the pockets of Pennsylvanians, to help cover the higher costs of gas, groceries, and everything else.”

State Rep. Delloso (D) and Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D) both submitted memos in Pennsylvania’s House and Senate, signaling they plan to reintroduce legislation to fund the program.

Under the new program, Pennsylvania households with an income of $80,000 or less will receive direct payments of up to $2,000.

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Republicans have argued that excessive spending has contributed to soaring inflation rates.

“It was Gov. Wolf who abandoned this idea during budget negotiations to achieve other priorities, and he, like us, knows it rightly belongs on the cutting room floor since it will only lead to increased costs on Pennsylvanians by continuing to drive inflation,” Jason Gottesman, spokesman for Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus, told the Morning Call.