HARRISBURG, Pa. (Erie News Now) – Gov. Tom Wolf is once again calling on state lawmakers to approve his plan to give Pennsylvanians a check using federal COVID-19 relief dollars.
Wolf says he wants to use $500 million of the $2.2 billion of unspent federal COVID-19 relief money to give most Pennsylvanians a one-time, state stimulus check of up to $2,000.
Both former President Trump and President Biden got Congressional approval for their federal stimulus checks, but so far, Wolf’s state stimulus plan has had a cool reception in Harrisburg.
One member of the state Senate Appropriations Committee says his Republican colleagues prefer to spend that money on other things like bridge work on I-79 instead of tolling the interstate.
Wolf says the Republican legislature should act now to provide direct relief for families hit hard by inflation.