PA House votes to cut corporate tax, while Gov. Wolf pleads with lawmakers to approve $2,000 payments to residents

Kristen Walters

Pennsylvania lawmakers are actively taking steps to cut taxes for corporations. Meanwhile, Governor Wolf has been pleading with the legislature for months to "stop sitting on federal relief funds" that could be sent to Pennsylvania citizens who need financial help now.

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In a recent news story, we discussed a proposal from Governor Wolf to send $2,000 in direct payments to Pennsylvania households earning $80,000 per year or less.

The funds are currently available through the White House's American Rescue Plan Act. However, if state lawmakers fail to use or distribute the funds, they will eventually be sent back to the federal government and inevitably used for other purposes.

The Governor wants to get that money into the hands of people who are struggling financially due to increased food, fuel, and housing costs. However, he also recognizes that many families are struggling due to the residual effects of the global health crisis.

But Governor Wolf has repeatedly chastised the legislature for "sitting on the money."

In a tweet posted earlier today, the Governor said:

We have $2 billion in unspent federal relief funds just waiting to be distributed to Pennsylvanians. People need help now. But Republicans refuse to act.

Meanwhile, the Republican-majority state House just passed a corporate tax cut that will cost the Commonwealth $128 million this year and reduce state revenue by more than $400 million per year going forward.

The corporate tax cuts are intended to "reward growth" and promote the expansion of business and jobs throughout the state.

While there is no doubt that cutting corporate tax rates can help improve the economy in the long run, many Pennsylvanians are left questioning why state lawmakers are "dragging their feet" when it comes to providing financial relief for individual taxpayers.

Do you agree that PA lawmakers should approve Governor Wolf's proposal to send $2,000 direct payments to individuals?

Or do you think those funds should be sent back to the federal government?

Share your opinion in the comments.

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