– The House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 1108
, which sets the guidelines for the distribution of $2.6 billion in federal funds for the state. Under the bill, Franklin County would receive $14 million, out of $625 million designated for counties, to help address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin).
“Unlike some of the other funding the state has received, this money is being allocated based on legislation we pass in the General Assembly to help our counties and certain sectors of state government address the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kauffman. “The money would be distributed on a per capita basis to counties.”
The remaining funds would be allocated across various state agencies and departments to provide 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; $10 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 was amended and passed in the House and is currently awaiting concurrence in the Senate before going to the governor’s desk.
Representative Rob Kauffman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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