The U.S. House passed the HEROES Act in May, which would provide another stimulus check from the IRS to millions of eligible Americans if it was signed into law. This week Senate Republicans unveiled their response, the HEALS Act, which would do the same. Both pieces of legislation have many coronavirus economic relief elements, including the stimulus payment, which would be up to $1,200 to single tax filers and $2,400 for those who file jointly. With different terms in each Act, a compromise has to be reached between both chambers and politicians on both sides before getting to Trump’s desk for approval. Then and only then, the IRS would be authorized to start sending money out as soon as possible. Time is of the essence for a deal to be struck, as this session for the Senate ends on August 7. If an agreement is reached, it is being suggested checks could go out by late August.
The Department of Labor and Industry will hold a virtual town hall about unemployment this afternoon. Leaders will discuss unemployment, the $600 weekly benefit from the federal government that has ended and will answer questions at 1PM. There’s been a lot of criticism of the department during the pandemic because of long wait times to file and receive payments. The state said it has made significant improvements since then. More staff has been hired and leaders said 93% of the people who have filed for unemployment have received their payment. You can participate in the town hall through a livestream at https://access.live/PAlabor.
Effective Saturday, The Centre Area Transportation Authority will reinstate fares. Those will be reinstated on its CATABUS, CATAGO! and CATARIDE services. For the first time since 2017, CATA will also implement an increase on the CATABUS and CATAGO! base fare from $2 to $2.20, with a matching percentage increase to most other passes. You can find all the new effective fares at www.catabus.com.
State Police Troopers across Pennsylvania say they investigated at least 106 ATV crashes so far this year. Twelve of those crashes were DUI-related, and eight of them were fatal. Several involved children who were injured or killed. Authorities are stressing the importance of rider safety for ATVs in light of recent statistics. Troopers in Area II, which consists of Troops A, G and H, have seen at least four fatal ATV crashes within the past two months. The most recent involved a 14-year-old who was not wearing a helmet. Under Pennsylvania law, children under the age of 16 are prohibited from operating an ATV anywhere other than on land owned or leased by a parent or guardian, operating an ATV across highways or connecting streets, or driving an ATV on state or local highways, roads, or streets designated for joint use. For more information on ATV/UTV safety, visit https://www.dcnr.pa.gov.