Gov. Tom Wolf is continuing to push a plan to send $2,000 checks directly to Pennsylvanians.

He first unveiled the $1.7 billion proposal in February. It would use $2 billion of the state's federal ?American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA?) dollars.

Democratic leaders in the Senate and House have introduced legislation to support the program, but the Republican-led General Assembly did not appropriate the funding for the program during budget negotiations.

“This year’s budget made major investments in working families across the commonwealth, putting Pennsylvania on a pack to a brighter future, but we still have the funds to make this investment in the people of Pennsylvania right now,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement. “People need help now, and we can afford to help them. Let’s put this cash back in the pockets of Pennsylvanians, to help cover the higher costs of gas, groceries, and everything else."

In the newly proposed PA Opportunity Program, Pennsylvania householders with an income of $80,000 or less would receive direct payments of up to $2,000. The program is designed to help families still recovering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing cost of living.