Biden launches ‘Investing in Rural America’ push with Cabinet officials
The programs are funded by a combination of dollars earmarked under 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and American Rescue Plan of 2021, laws that Biden points to as milestones of his administration.
States are trying to prop up the child care industry. It isn’t enough.
The end of American Rescue Plan Act funding is likely to slowly reduce available child care over time, says one Pennsylvania expert.
Women workers could bear economic brunt as federal child care funding ends
Parents struggled to pay for child care and child care centers strained to retain workers well before 2020, but the pandemic accelerated many of the industry’s struggles and without the federal money many would have shut their doors. Now some of that money is going away.
Democrats push to extend child care grant program
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to extend funding for five years for a pandemic-era child care subsidy program set to expire at the end of the month. The legislation would extend the child care stabilization grant program, which Congress established in 2021 to help child care providers meet additional costs during the […]
Pa. leaders at White House forum to ‘shine a spotlight’ on recovery | Thursday Morning Coffee
Elected leaders from across the commonwealth will convene at the White House this morning for the latest installment in an ongoing series of meetings aimed at “shining a spotlight” on the ground-level impacts of the Biden administration’s post-pandemic recovery efforts. Mayors from Aliquippa, Beaver County; Allentown, Gettysburg, and Scranton are confirmed attendees at the White House’s “Communities in […]
$267M in federal aid headed to Pa. to help small biz in underserved communities | Tuesday Coffee
The funds, which come through the American Rescue Plan, are 'transformative,' backers say.
‘We should not do nothing.’ Gov. Tom Wolf unveils $1.7B spending plan for federal relief money
The proposal, which has support from House and Senate Democrats and comes less than a week ahead of Wolf’s expected 2022-23 budget address, would use American Rescue Plan money allocated to Pennsylvania last year to help with pandemic recovery, business and worker support, and climate action.
DHS unveils plan for Pa. American Rescue Plan dollars | Five for the Weekend
Happy weekend, all. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Thursday shared the highlights of its spending plan for approximately $1.2 billion federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). “We have an unprecedented opportunity with this federal funding to support those who have been supporting individuals and families in our communities throughout the pandemic,” acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead said […]
Pa. extends postpartum Medicaid coverage for pregnant persons
The extension will take effect beginning April 1, 2022 and will be available for five years as an optional part of the American Rescue Plan.
Nurses care for us – it’s time we stand up and do more for them | Opinion
Having worked as a registered nurse in hospital settings for 27 years I can attest a nurse spends about 75 minutes with a patient. A nurse sees the truth behind the diagnosis. A nurse sees the reality of a treatment. A nurse is a caregiver, a counselor, an advocate.
Senate Democrats propose ‘New Deal’ spending plan for Pa. relief funds
Democrats said their $6.15 billion plan focuses on creating jobs, opportunity and equity by investing in human services, economic development and public health.
Here’s what Toomey, the deficit hawk, got wrong about the COVID-19 stimulus | Mike Connolly
Let’s remember in the years to come that every time the deficit hawks cry and screech, we don’t have to listen.