Hoarding billions in stimulus dollars leaves small businesses behind | Opinion
If you ask the men and women struggling to keep the doors of their family business open, they’ll tell you they’re weathering the worst storm they’ve ever seen – and they need help now.
In Lancaster, Wolf touts COVID relief to Pa.’s bars, restaurants
'Pennsylvania has made significant progress rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, but our hospitality industry still needs support,' Wolf said.
‘It is a heavy load to carry’: New Brookings report recommends pay hikes, labor reforms for essential workers | Friday Morning Coffee
'Sometimes it feels like you are carrying a car up a mountain,' one essential worker said of the burden of the pandemic.
‘More help is on the way’: In the Philly ‘burbs, Biden touts benefits of $1.9T COVID relief bill
President Joe Biden returned to Pennsylvania on Tuesday, where he sold the benefits of the administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. “More help is on the way,” Biden said, as he toured Smith Flooring, Inc., a Black-owned union shop in Chester, Pa., Delaware County, that supplies and installs flooring. According to White House pool reports, […]
What the federal stimulus package means for Pa.’s local governments
The federal stimulus that the U.S. House is expected to send to President Joe Biden this week still could offer local governments a lifeline, officials say.
U.S. Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House; Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split
GOP Senators filed more than 400 amendments. Of those amendments, only three were adopted into the bill. Democrats introduced eight amendments, of which five were passed.
GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill
Data compiled by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center found total state tax revenues declined by 1.8 percent from April to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.
U.S. Senate hears from Ohio on the need for economic relief, minimum wage boost; Pa’s Toomey questions need
The committee’s ranking member, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., raised concerns about unnecessary spending in the bill and the proposed $1,400 stimulus checks to individuals.
Wolf announces $145 million COVID-19 grant fund for small businesses
Pennsylvania businesses that have been battered by the pandemic received a holiday surprise on Wednesday, when Gov. Tom Wolf announced he would skim $145 million from a state insurance fund to create a new grant program for struggling firms.
Energy projects statewide receive COVID restart grants | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority had awarded $1.7 million in COVID-19 restart grants to 11 clean energy and energy efficiency programs across the commonwealth.
U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown while relief talks drag on
In an overwhelming 343-67 vote, House members backed the stopgap, which would extend fiscal 2021 funding until Dec. 18 while talks continue on the stalled relief package. The Senate is expected to take up the stopgap bill Thursday.
Pa. Senate Dems roll out $4B debt-funded COVID-19 relief package
Democrats urged the 50-member chamber's Republican majority to come to the table early to begin negotiating the contours of the relief plan.