Pa.’s Dean joins lawmakers arguing Americans shouldn’t get hit with fees if COVID-19 stimulus is paid through debit cards

BY: - December 29, 2020

The Treasury introduced prepaid debit cards during the last round of coronavirus stimulus payments authorized under the CARES Act. The cards came with fees.


Congress must act fast on the CARES Act, new plan for residents during COVID-19 | Opinion

BY: - December 8, 2020

And while programs were made available through the federal CARES Act, so many residents and small business owners in my district alone have gone without, falling through the cracks created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the CARES Act funding is set to expire Dec. 30, and we need Congress to act, and fast.

Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’

BY: - November 23, 2020

The expiring provisions from the $2 trillion CARES Act and subsequent executive orders will mean reductions in unemployment benefits for those struggling to find work, the loss of eviction protections, and a restart to monthly student loan bills that had been suspended.

Pa.’s unspent stimulus cash will pad out $35B budget

BY: - November 19, 2020

(*This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. on 11/19/20 to include additional comment from House Republicans) A $35 billion budget deal, buoyed by federal stimulus money, emerged in Harrisburg Thursday, representing a 2.2 percent cut from last year. If finally approved, the spending blueprint would complete a drawn-out fiscal process that started in June, and […]


Shapiro, feds charge 33 with filing fake CARES Act unemployment claims | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 26, 2020

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Here’s a political truism that’s as old as politics itself: if you come up with a good idea or program, it will only be a matter of time before someone figures out a way to play the angles. Such was the case Tuesday when Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Scott Brady announced […]

Wolf puts recreational weed, paid family leave, hazard pay and business grants on fall agenda

BY: - August 25, 2020

With the Legislature set to reconvene next week, Gov. Tom Wolf released a broad policy platform Tuesday calling for legal weed, paid family leave, and campaign finance reform.

Daycare centers shouldered big costs, shutdowns from COVID-19. Some say they can’t reopen without more aid.

BY: - August 17, 2020

A new report by Penn State Harrisburg found that the pandemic is poised to create $325 million in new costs for Pennsylvania day care centers,

Pa. awards $50M in hazard pay for workers hit by pandemic. Many more await their turn

BY: - August 17, 2020

The pay raise could add up to a maximum of an additional $1,200 in a worker’s pocket. All together, $50 million in CARES Act-funded grants were handed out.


Pa. needs to use CARES Act money to help pay for COVID-19 testing at nursing homes | Opinion

BY: - July 19, 2020

State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf can solve our testing dilemma and move us toward a reopening that will safely reunite thousands of Pennsylvania families.

Some Pa. workers can get a temporary $3 an hour raise under new state grant

BY: - July 16, 2020

Some Pennsylvania frontline workers could see up to $1,200 extra in their pockets this fall due to a new state program that uses federal stimulus dollars.

Wolf announces $53M in aid to child care centers to help them through pandemic

BY: - July 6, 2020

Pa. has already distributed $51 million in funding to eligible childcare providers, with another $116 million to be distributed in the coming months.

Another look at CARES Act spending in Pa.: How health and social programs benefit | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 15, 2020

This week we look at CARES Act funding be distributed to the Department of Health, Human Services, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, property tax relief and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.