(FreedomBeacon.com)- Democratic lawmakers are pushing for $2000 stimulus checks in Pennsylvania, according to a report from defense and national security website 19FortyFive. The governor and Democratic Party are doubling down on their commitment to providing stimulus checks as a way to help with the state’s rising costs of gas, food, and consumer products.
Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf introduced the PA Opportunity Program, a $500 million scheme that would send $2000 checks to Pennsylvanians making less than $80,000 a year. The program is highly unpopular with Republicans, but the governor and Democratic colleagues are not caving in, despite inflationary pressure chipping away at consumer spending power amid rising prices and increased spending.
Wolf claims that the checks will make a “life-changing difference” to families in need and is calling on Republicans to help pass the proposal.
“This money will make a life-changing difference for families in communities across the commonwealth, providing a much-needed buffer against prices that are artificially and temporarily higher due to inflation,” Wolf said during a press conference with State Representative Sara Innamorato at Roots of Faith ministries in Sharpsburg. “Let’s put this cash back in the pockets of Pennsylvanians, to help cover the higher costs of gas, groceries, and everything else.”
“Sometimes in politics, persistence makes a difference,” he continued. “This is not a partisan issue. People right now need help, we have the ability to do that, let’s provide that help.”
The issue, however, is that sending stimulus checks during skyrocketing inflation is a partisan issue as Republicans see increased spending and “free” money as exacerbating the inflation that got Americans into this problem to begin with.
The inflation rate currently stands 8.5%, down from an historic high at 9.1% in June. Latest numbers for August will be available September 13.