PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania is coming back thanks to President Biden’s transformative agenda. Because of investments from the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the administration’s other continued efforts to lower costs, Pennsylvanians are getting a leg up to be healthier, better connected, and poised to win the competition for the 21st century.
As PA Republicans continue to push their extreme MAGA agenda on Pennsylvanians to raise their taxes, sunset Medicare and Social Security, and gut reproductive rights, President Biden and Democrats keep working for families across the commonwealth.
See below for local coverage on how the Biden Administration is helping Pennsylvanians:
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
BCTV: Berks County Public Libraries Expand Digital Collection – BCTV
The newly acquired titles represent the first of two significant purchases to increase the number of electronic materials available using federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
WITF: Harrisburg mayor outlines $42 million COVID relief spending plan | WITF
New affordable housing and more than $1 million in cash bonuses for police and firefighters are part of Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams’ plan for how the city should use more than $42 million it received from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan.
In total, the city received a little more than $47 million as part of the COVID relief plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in March 2021. Williams’s proposal, which she outlined Wednesday, leaves out $5 million for potential administrative costs or future expenses.
TribLive: Westmoreland to study county’s broadband needs
Commissioners said a portion of the county’s $105 million in American Rescue Plan funds will pay for the broadband study.
WJET: Erie County Executive shares economic development plan
On Tuesday, May 3, Erie County Council passed the proposal to use American Rescue Plan money to create a “Fusion Cell” department. The Fusion Cell will manage and report the ARP funds in the county.
Erie County Executive Brenton Davis said it will also take the remaining $26 million and help leverage that into $100 million through other state and federal funds.
Patch: US Rep Chrissy Houlahan Tours LCH Health And Community Services | West Chester, PA Patch
Houlahan said that she is proud to have passed the American Rescue Plan that delivered significant federal funding to LCH to keep their doors open.
Times Observer: Funds awarded for broadband expansion
The county commissioners have held most of their $7.6 million in American Rescue Plan dollars close to the vest as discussion about possible broadband uses have been unfolding behind the scenes.
Indiana Gazette: ‘State of the County’ covers wide range of topics
There also is the $16 million coming from the American Rescue Plan Act to Indiana County.