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.

In Philly, organizations partner to assist minority-owned businesses in applying for federal funding

BY: - December 29, 2020

Five local organizations are encouraging minority-owned businesses to be prepared to apply for the next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding.

Pa.’s Toomey blamed as COVID-19 relief deal hits snag

BY: - December 18, 2020

“We are simply saying these programs were meant to be temporary, they're going to be temporary,” Toomey said during a conference call Thursday.

Workers’ COVID-19 lawsuits could be quashed under GOP push in Congress

BY: - December 18, 2020

Senate Republicans dropped their insistence that a liability provision be included in a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that could pass Congress as soon as this weekend. 

Lawmakers advance plan to spend $2.6 billion of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus stimulus

BY: and - May 28, 2020

The plan, passed unanimously Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee, includes $632 million for nursing homes; $625 million for county block grants; $259 million to boost funding for intellectual disability care, and $225 million for small business grants.


When the floodgates opened: The politics of COVID-19 relief | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - April 7, 2020

Decades ago, the University of Michigan political scientist John Kingdon argued that policy change results from a convergence of three streams of activity.

Obama stimulus watchdog: ‘Bad guys’ will make play for COVID-19 relief cash

BY: - March 26, 2020

Former Inpector General Earl Devaney, who led such an effort in the past, said fraudsters will undoubtedly try to game the system.