Despite the fact that soaring inflation and the Russian-Ukraine War have resulted in crippling prices for basic necessities such as food and gasoline, Americans appear to have accepted the possibility that the federal government will not provide another stimulus package. However, several states, the most recent being Pennsylvania, offer assistance.
Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has introduced a new bill in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would establish the PA Opportunity Program, which would provide $2,000 stimulus grants to residents of the state who are struggling with rising costs.
According to Wolf, Pennsylvanians should never have to choose between paying for utilities, groceries, or gas. He also stated that they have the ability and resources to ensure that children do not struggle and thrive. He stated that he is urging the General Assembly to work together across party lines to solve this problem in the best interests of all Pennsylvanians because when they succeed, so does the state.
Individuals and families with incomes of $80,000 or less may be eligible for benefits of up to $2,000 per year.
The program will also benefit small businesses, with grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 available to help with operational costs and technical assistance, as well as a $475 property relief tax rebate. Additional funds would be allocated to health care, environmental protection, entertainment, and preservation.
Inflation causes stress and havoc for consumers.
The package is being released as inflation continues to wreak havoc on consumers, who have seen price increases, particularly in the food industry. In addition, as a result of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, gas prices have risen. Despite recent drops, AAA reports that gasoline prices in the United States remain around $4.07 per gallon. According to AAA data, the current average cost in Pennsylvania is $4.16 per gallon, making it the country’s 12th highest average price.
California (an average of $5.70 per gallon), Hawaii (an average of $5.23 per gallon), and Nevada (an average of $5.07 per gallon) have the highest gas prices.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Stimulus
However, providing assistance (stimulus checks) to Commonwealth residents may have a negative long-term impact, because some of the inflation is linked to previous federal stimulus funds, which put money in Americans’ wallets, increasing demand as the supply chain struggled to catch up.