A week before Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to deliver his budget address, he has announced his proposal to spend the state’s American Rescue Plan funds. The plan was met with mixed reviews. He asks the legislature to fund the following programs:
- $450 million in conservation, recreation, preservation, and community revitalization projects. This would include new funding for the Growing Greener conservation and recreation program and agriculture conservation programs.
- $325 million for Pennsylvania’s health care system, including $250 million for long-term care recruitment and retention incentives and workforce development initiatives; $40 million for behavioral health workforce; and $35 million to expand student loan forgiveness.
- $500 million for the PA Opportunity Program, which would provide childcare assistance and household expenses for individuals working to complete a degree, credential, or license.
- $225 million for the Small Business Assistance Program, which would provide grants to small businesses impacted by the pandemic.
- $204 million for increased property tax relief for low-income renters and homeowners.
Watch for more details in Governor Wolf’s Budget address next Tuesday. Click here for more information.