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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 4, 2020 02:19 PM
From: Representative Elizabeth Fiedler and Rep. Summer Lee
To: All House members
Subject: Financial Relief for Pennsylvanians
In the face of the COVID-19 public health crisis, many people find themselves facing wildly different economic circumstances than even a few weeks ago.
People have lost their jobs completely or had their hours reduced, many families were already only a paycheck or two away from not being able to pay their bills. Now is the time to make sure financial relief gets straight to Pennsylvanians, in the form of Pennsylvania Universal Income.

That is why we are introducing legislation that will ensure half the funding the state receives from federal aid gets directly to the people of Pennsylvania. Every adult (18 and older) will receive a $250 check from the state. People whose current information is in the PennDot Driver’s License or State ID database, the Voter Registration system, or individuals who have submitted 2019 PA taxes, will automatically receive a check. The funds will not impact a person’s eligibility for any other program or assistance.
We are facing unprecedented challenges and for the good of our communities and Commonwealth, need to provide direct and immediate aid to Pennsylvanians. This $250 check will allow a family of four to buy groceries for a few more weeks, a homeowner to cover their utility bills an extra month, or a sick adult who is now unemployed to buy the medication they need to get well. While this universal income is a modest start, it will also create a framework for dispersing additional funds in the future. We hope you will join us in supporting this important legislation to help all Pennsylvanians.