Kirkland introduces bill to deliver financial relief to struggling Pennsylvanians

CHESTER, April 13 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland authored legislation that would deliver one-time, state-tax-exempt payments of up to $2,000 per household as a result of ongoing financial struggles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubbed the PA Opportunity Program, individuals with a household income of $80,000 or less would be eligible to apply. The program would be administered by the state treasurer in consultation with the departments of Revenue and Community and Economic Development.

“Pennsylvania still has more than $2 billion in federal American Rescue Plan dollars that remain uncommitted. Since we’ve all been impacted by recent cost-of-living increases, I think it’s clear how this money can effectively be used,” Kirkland said.

Kirkland’s legislation earned the support of Gov. Tom Wolf, who proposed using $500 million in ARP funds to establish the PA Opportunity Program.

“These one-time $2,000 payments would be meant to build upon stimulus payments issued by the federal government and help individuals and families cover expenses exacerbated by the pandemic,” Kirkland said. “Two years later, Pennsylvanians continue struggling to afford childcare, rent or mortgage payments, medical bills or just groceries and gas. The legislature is in a position to help those in need, so let’s pass my PA Opportunity Program legislation.”

This bill is currently circulating for co-sponsors.