Pennsylvania Rescue Plan - Fact Sheet

By House Appropriations Committee Staff , | 4 months ago

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State Fiscal Relief Fund Other American Rescue Plan Act Funding
Investing in Pennsylvania Businesses 
Continuity of Operation Grants $250,000,000    
Grants to businesses and nonprofits who have not been able to remain open or operate remotely during the pandemic (e.g. gyms, theatres, zoos, museums, orchestras, fairs, civic and social organizations)
Job Creation Grants $500,000,000    
- $25 million recapitalization of Pennsylvania Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Network lending capacity
- $475 million in grants for newly created jobs with a 5 year commitment paid over 3 years for each job created; At least 75 percent of investment must be located in opportunity zones or for the relocation to opportunity zones
Multimodal Investment for Economic Development and Connectivity     $279,000,000
Transfer Pennsylvania's allocation of the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for distribution through the existing Multimodal Transportation Program
Connectivity and Other Infrastructure Grants $200,000,000    
Grants to support:
- the deployment of broadband, satellite, fiber, small cell, 5G wireless, and other technologies
- water and sewer improvements
- the remediation of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), lead and other environmental hazards in water sources
Clean Energy Infrastructure Investments $50,000,000    
Grants for alternative energy investments including electric vehicle charging stations, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) fueling stations, solar
Onsite Childcare Startup Grants     $50,000,000
Support for employers to co-locate childcare facilities within their workplaces
Childcare Facility Capital Program     $100,000,000
Grants to support the remediation of environmental hazards and other capital needs in childcare facilities across the commonwealth
Keystone STARS Redesign     $20,000,000
Redesign the Keystone Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, and Support (STARS) child care rating systems to redefine the quality indicators, increase support to providers in achieving high quality programs, and better incentivize providers to advance through quality stages
Public Health Infrastructure and Preparedness 
Home and Community-Based Services Workforce Investments     $510,500,000
- Direct Care Worker foundational and specialized training protecting individuals and elevating the professionals performing this work: $5 million
- Public registry of agency and consumer directed providers to allow increased choice in service providers and better align specialized worker skills with specialized needs: $1.5 million
- $15 per hour minimum wage for Direct Care Workers serving elderly and persons with physical disabilities: $374 million
- $15 per hour minimum wage for Direct Support Professionals serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism: $130 million 
Intellectual Disabilities Waiting List Initiative     $150,000,000
Serve 1,100 individuals on the individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism emergency waitlist to enable them to live more independently in their home or a home-like setting and participate more fully in their communities through services that support activities of daily living, competitive employment, where desired, and full engagement in community activities
Intellectual Disabilities Rate Refresh      $211,000,000
To assist providers of services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism and recognize the cost pressures of the pandemic, refresh the waiver fee schedule one year earlier than planned 
Support for the LIFE Program     $35,000,000
Invest in existing Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) locations and expand locations to provide additional home and community-based service options for elderly Medical Assistance consumers with long-term service and support needs
Telehealth Access and Security Grants $25,000,000    
To maintain access to telehealth services, provide grants to providers for secure, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant platforms based on access limitations such as geography and specialty  
Rehabilitation and Remediation Grants $250,000,000    
- $200 million in grants for schools to remediate, retrofit for resale, or demolish school facilities
 - $50 million in grants for lead and asbestos remediation in homes and training to increase workforce
Statewide Public Health Infrastructure Investment $15,000,000    
 - Modernize physical plant and equipment of state operated facilities, including Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Veterans' Homes
 - Modernize technological tools in state operated facilities, including electronic health records
Biotech Investment and Relocation Initiative  $75,000,000    
Invest in companies in health care and research who commit to locate or grow in Pennsylvania increasing investments in innovators
Primary Health Care Practitioner Loan Repayment Program Expansion  $20,000,000    
 - Fund training for high demand, short-term programs (e.g. certified nurse aid, doula, direct support professional, dental hygiene, dental technicians, other short-term medical training programs)
 - Attract and retain high need professions including nurses, optometrists, psychiatrists, dentists, and obstetricians
Support for Pennsylvanians 
Property Tax and Rent Relief Eligibility  $250,000,000    
One-time payment to increase eligibility to more seniors and persons with disabilities 
PACE/PACENET Eligibility Expansion $50,000,000    
Increase eligibility to more seniors 
Affordable Housing Investments $200,000,000    
Grants to support affordable housing:
- not less than 75% must be in opportunity zones
- up to 25% may be provided outside of an opportunity zone (requires 25% local match) 
First Time Home Buyer Assistance $50,000,000    
$500 toward down payment to be combined with other programs - 100,000 first time purchasers
Legal Services Pandemic Assistance $10,000,000    
Continued investments in supports for legal advocacy and representation for clients in areas such as housing, utilities, and employment cases 
Hazard Pay for Front Line Workers $250,000,000    
$500 payments to 250,000 front line retail workers and 250,000 front line health care workers making less than $20 per hour 
Reinstate and Expand Childcare Retention Grants     $50,000,000
Reinstate and expand Education and Retention Award (ERA) program to incentivize high-quality educators to pursue professional development opportunities to increase access to high-quality education for our children and help retain high-quality early childhood educators
High-Demand and Adult Learner PHEAA grants $25,000,000    
Support programs at PHEAA that help students train for in-demand occupations like energy, health professions, advanced materials and manufacturing. Expand the number students and expand to other in-demand professions. Provide additional support for adult learners going back to school or changing careers
Community College Scholarship Program $80,000,000    
$4,000 grants to 10,000 Pennsylvania high school graduates for two years of tuition to community college 
Act 101 Program Expansion $10,000,000    
Substantially increase investment to allow more economically or educationally disadvantaged students to enroll in Act 101 programs and get a successful start to college after a year of remote learning
Dual Enrollment $20,000,000    
Allow high school juniors and seniors opportunity to receive college credit
Impact Payments for Those Waiting for Unemployment Compensation $10,000,000    
$100 grants to individuals to defray the cost of personal lending for those who have had to wait for resolution of their unemployment compensation eligibility determination
Retirement Security - Keystone Saves $53,000,000    
Retirement savings plans for employers who do not offer other plans
- $100 in seed money for 500,000 workers who sign up in first year
- $3 million start up costs  
Paid Sick and Family Leave Program  $250,000,000    
Establish and capitalize state run insurance program      
       $  2,643,000,000    $  1,405,500,000
 
       

 


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