American Rescue Plan Helps Pennsylvania Get Through COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) announced that the American Rescue Plan approved by Congress on March 10 will provide Pennsylvania with the support needed to ramp up vaccine distribution, end the pandemic, reopen schools, rebuild our economy, and get everyone back to work.

“When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law last week, it marked a major change in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic” said Congressman Doyle. “For over a year now, the pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis have devastated Pennsylvania families and businesses - with almost 2,000 deaths in Allegheny County alone. The American Rescue Plan will help to finally end the pandemic through targeted economic relief and more support for vaccine distribution.”

The pandemic and economic crisis have had a severe impact on Pennsylvania:

• Since the pandemic began, almost a million Pesnnylvanians have been infected with   COVID-19, and nearly 25,000 have died.

• The PA unemployment rate is 7.3%, after peaking at 16.2% in the beginning of the pandemic. This is still much higher than the 5% pre-pandemic unemployment rate in March 2020.

• 701,000 adults – 9% of all adults in the state – report not having enough food to eat. This includes 381,000 adults living with children, or 14% of all adults living with children, who report that the children in their household do not have enough to eat. 

• An estimated 489,000 renters, or 20% of all renters in Pennsylvania, are not caught up on rent.

• An estimated 2,747,000 adults, or 30% of all adults statewide, report having difficulty covering normal household expenses.

The American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods in Pennsylvania with targeted relief:

  • Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person for more than 8.1 million adults and 2.8 million children in Pennsylvania - that’s 86% of all adults and 84% of all children in the state. 
  • Additional relief of up to $3,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 2,368,000 children, which will lift 140,000 children in Pennsylvania out of poverty.
  • Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to over 700,000 childless workers, including many in frontline jobs.
  • Additional premium subsidies for Affordable Care Act health insurance policies (purchased through https://pennie/com). This will lower premiums by, for example, $1,400 for a 60-year old couple earning $75,000 per year, helping over 300,000 Pennsylvanians.
  • $7.4 billion in state government relief 
  • $4.9 billion in local government relief  to maintain services and prevent layoffs of front line workers like police and essential health care workers. More than $700 million will go to Allegheny County and the municipalities within it, including these estimated amounts for the municipalities below.
    • Allegheny County: $380 million
    • Pittsburgh: $350 million
    • Mckeesport: $27.3 million
    • Aleppo township: $180,000
    • Baldwin borough: $1.9 million
    • Baldwin township: $190,000
    • Bethel Park municipality: $3.2 million
    • Collier township: $810,000
    • Crescent township: $250,000
    • East Deer township: $140,000
    • Fawn township: $230,000
    • Findlay township: $600,000 
    • Forest Hills borough: $620,000
    • Frazer township : $110,000
    • Hampton township: $1.8 million
    • Harmar township: $300,000
    • Harrison township: $1 million
    • Indiana township: $700,000
    • Jefferson Hills borough: $1.1 million
    • Kennedy township: $800,000
    • Kilbuck township: $70,000 
    • Leet township: $160,000
    • Leetsdale borough: $110,000
    • Liberty borough : $240,000
    • Marshall township: $950,000
    • McCandless township: $2.8 million
    • McDonald borough: $40,000
    • McKees Rocks borough: $580,000
    • Monroeville municipality: $2.7 million
    • Mount Lebanon township: $3.1 million 
    • Munhall borough: $1.09 million
    • North Fayette township: $1.4 million
    • O'Hara township: $870,000
    • Ohio township: $680,000
    • Pine township: $360,000
    • Reserve township: $320,000
    • Richland township: $1.1 million
    • Robinson township: $1.3 million
    • Ross township: $3.0 million
    • Scott township: $1.6 million
    • Shaler township: $2.7 million
    • Springdale borough: $330,000
    • Springdale township: $160,000
    • Stowe township: $610,000
    • Upper St. Clair township: $1.9 million
    • Verona borough : $240,000
    • Versailles borough: $140,000
    • West Homestead borough: $180,000
    • Whitehall borough: $1.3 million
    • Wilkinsburg borough: $1.5 million
  • Almost $5 billion in relief for K-12 schools in Pennsylvania to help them safely reopen. These funds will help improve ventilation in classrooms, provide personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, hire more janitors, and provide greater access to school nurses. This money will also help close achievement gaps and address the loss of learning throughout the past year. Roughly $300 million will go to public schools in Allegheny County, including these estimated amounts for the school districts below:
    • Allegheny Valley School District: $1.6 million
    • Avonworth School District: $337,000
    • Baldwin-Whitehall School District: $5 million
    • Bethel Park School District: $2.4 million
    • Brentwood Borough School District: $1.6 million
    • Carlynton School District: $3.6 million
    • Chartiers Valley School District $2.8 million
    • Clairton City School District: $6 million
    • Cornell School District: $1.9 million
    • Deer Lakes School District: $1.4 million
    • East Allegheny School District: $5.4 million
    • Elizabeth Forward School District: $2.7 million
    • Fox Chapel Area School District: $3 million
    • Gateway School District: $6.3 million
    • Hampton Township School District: $662,000
    • Highlands School District: $6.4 million
    • Keystone Oaks School District: $3.1 million
    • McKeesport Area School District: $18.8 million
    • Montour School District: $3.1 million
    • Moon Area School District: $2.3 million
    • Mount Lebanon School District: $1.3 million
    • North Allegheny School District: $1.3 million
    • North Hills School District: $2.9 million
    • Northgate School District: $2.8 million
    • Penn Hills School District: $13.8 million
    • Plum Borough School District: $2.2 million
    • Quaker Valley School District: $1.4 million
    • Pittsburgh School District: $121.8 million
    • Shaler Area School District: $4.3 million
    • South Allegheny School District: $3.5 million
    • South Park School District: $1.4 million
    • Riverview School District: $1.4 million
    • Steel Valley School District: $5.6 million
    • Sto-Rox School District: $11.1 million
    • Upper St. Clair School District: $546,000
    • West Allegheny School District: $2.1 million
    • West Jefferson Hills School District: $784,000
    • West Mifflin Area School District: $6.3 million
    • Wilkinsburg Borough School District: $9.9 million
    • Woodland Hills School District: $17.9 million
  • $1 billion to keep child care facilities in Pennsylvania to keep them open and operating safely
  • over $34 million for Head Start programs.

 “Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, I can confidently say to all of my constituents - help is on the way,” continued Congressman Doyle. “The American Rescue plan will save businesses and jobs in Pittsburgh and all throughout Pennsylvania - but more importantly, it will save lives. I will continue working hard to provide the support Pittsburghers need to get through this pandemic.”

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