HARRISBURG, Pa. (Erie News Now) – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Rep. Steve Samuelson to call on Pennsylvania’s Republican-led General Assembly to immediately use $1.7 billion in unspent American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities through property tax rebates to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know that a lot of Pennsylvania households are still recovering financially from the pandemic, and that is especially true for low-income households,” said Gov. Wolf. “Today, I am again asking the General Assembly to spend the federal funding that is still sitting, unused, to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians. By investing more money into the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities can stay in their homes. That money is sitting around, not helping anyone right now and at a time when the people of this commonwealth are hurting, that’s just wrong.”
In February, Gov. Wolf proposed his $1.7 billion action plan. Thursday, he called on the legislature to take immediate action on the proposal to put money back in the pockets of Pennsylvanians, and put the commonwealth on the path to prosperity.
Rep. Samuelson plans to introduce the governor’s plan as legislation in the House, alongside Senator Maria Collett in the Senate.