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Stimulus Check Reboot: One State Can Send $2,000

One state could possibly send a big $2,000 stimulus check to residents to try and blunt the impacts of sky-high gas prices and inflation.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently working on a new budget in advance of the June 30 deadline, and the state legislature is now exploring how it could put extra money in the pockets of residents. The Keystone State reportedly has $2.2 billion left from federal stimulus funds and around $4.9 billion in surplus tax revenue.

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Politicians on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for a number of proposals for stimulus checks that could use the funds – including direct stimulus checks to state residents to help offset the 40-year record high inflation. 

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has already called upon the state’s Republican-led General Assembly to act to support Pennsylvanians by passing legislation for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded $500 million PA Opportunity Program, which would send $2,000 checks to Pennsylvanians.

Governor Wolf Talks On The Stimulus Checks For Pennsylvania

“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 Gov. Wolf in a statement. “I see that pain in communities across Pennsylvania and I want to talk about solutions. I want to put $2,000 checks into the hands of Pennsylvanians and families that need it.”

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The proposed PA Opportunity Program calls for $500 million in ARPA dollars to be used to provide direct payments – AKA stimulus checks –  of up to $2,000 for Pennsylvania households with an income of $80,000 or less. 

The goal is to help families still recovering economically from the Covid-19 pandemic and to support them by covering pandemic-related costs and managing the increasing cost of living.

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