Pa. to get billions in federal reduction, however do states “want” that cash? One U.S. Senator says no

HARRISBURG, PA (WHTM) – Cash will be on its way to the States shortly as part of the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 bailout plan. While any state could probably use the money, do the states really need the money? One of the US Senators from Pennsylvania told abc27 News, “No way.”

A pandemic, two very different ones, assume how sick it has made the Pennsylvania economy.

Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Montgomery, Philadelphia), who chairs the funds, says the state is a wreck.

“Everything in Pennsylvania has been devastated,” said Hughes.

It is safe to say that US Senator Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, disagrees.

“We are now in 2021 and revenues have increased again. So there is no financial crisis, there is just a desire to spend a lot of free money on who knows what, ”Toomey said.

Toomey criticizes the $ 350 billion for state and local governments, which he believes will bring in $ 20 billion more nationwide in 2020 than in 2019.

And this fiscal year, the state’s revenue has increased by 14%. He calls the aid an unnecessary gift from President Biden.

“To save badly run blue states,” Toomey said.

Hughes questioned Toomey’s decision about the Pennsylvania tax cut, which benefited certain groups more than others.

“He had no problem voting for a $ 1.7 billion tax cut that would only benefit the dirty rich. Not just the rich – the dirty rich too, ”said Hughes.

Hughes insists the bailout plan will shake up poor neighborhoods and the middle class, who will spend the money and boost the economy.

“If you get people back to work, they’ll pay their taxes. You’re making a contribution, ”said Hughes.

Governor Wolf’s spokeswoman said, “As Sen. Toomey has repeatedly said, Pa. Needs these funds to avoid either massive tax hikes or draconian service cuts.”

However, Toomey continues to reiterate that there is no financial crisis caused by COVID in the Commonwealth.

“If you thought that was the case, you should ask yourself, ‘Why is Governor Wolf proposing an 11% increase in spending on the budget for the next year?’ Obviously he’s not too worried about revenue, ”Toomey said.

State officials hope the federal money will flow to Pennsylvania in the next few weeks.