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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 20, 2020 02:03 PM
From: Representative Martina A. White and Rep. Jared G. Solomon
To: All House members
Subject: Helping seniors through the COVID-19 crisis with earlier rebate payments
As businesses, workers, and families across the state are starting to feel the crunch from lost wages or earnings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the state need to deploy all the tools we have available to put some money back in their pockets so the economy keeps moving.

The federal government is already discussing a cash stimulus of up to $1000 per individual. To complement that, the State should look at its Property Tax/Rent Rebate program as a way to provide additional liquidity to those in need.

Right now, rebates are distributed starting July 1st. Given the crisis we are facing, that is too late.

Therefore our legislation proposes two things to get money to Pennsylvanians as soon as possible.

First, it will direct the Department of Revenue and Treasury to process 2019 rebate payments for all homeowners and renters who received a 2018 rebate, and to issue those payments immediately. This saves the bureaucratic paperwork and just gets the payments out. Also, people's eligibility for the program rarely fluctuates from year to year - no one gets any younger, almost no one recovers from their long-term disability, and very few of the applicant pool see massive jumps in their income year-to-year.

Second, for anyone who became eligible in the past year, issue rebates immediately upon receipt of their application instead of waiting until July 1. Many of these people, in fact, have already applied for their rebate.

The more money we quickly get back to Pennsylvanians, particularly the elderly, the disabled, and the poor, the better chances our state has of weathering this crisis.

Please join Rep. Solomon and myself in supporting this critical legislation.

Introduced as HB2378