– The House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 1108
, which would distribute approximately $2.6 billion in federal relief funds throughout Pennsylvania’s counties as well as across various state government departments. Of that total, $625 million is allocated to 60 Pennsylvania counties who have not yet received funds directly from the federal government. Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin/Lebanon) announced that, based on population, Dauphin and Lebanon counties would receive $37,938,028 in appropriated funds.
“These are truly unprecedented times in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Businesses are suffering, people are scared, and the future is uncertain. These funds will go a long way in providing much-needed relief, and hopefully some peace of mind, for everyone being affected by this pandemic,” said Helm. “I am happy to see my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee allocating these funds to Dauphin and Lebanon counties, and I look forward to seeing their positive impacts during these incredibly difficult times.”
The remaining funds will be allocated across various state agencies and departments to provide government services throughout the state. Highlights include $225 million for a Statewide Small Business Assistance Program; $632 million for nursing homes, long-term care and personal care; $20 million for food assistance programs; and $50 million for volunteer fire companies and emergency medical service (EMS) companies.
Pennsylvania received these funds from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This act provides necessary emergency relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate Bill 1108 has been approved by both chambers of the Legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.
For more information on Helm and her legislative priorities, please visit RepHelm.com
Representative Sue Helm
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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