2009-02-26 / Front Page

Details Of How Pa. Fares Under Federal Stimulus

By The Associated Press

Major details of how Pennsylvania fares under the federal stimulus bill signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama:

AID TO POOR AND UNEMPLOYED

A $25 weekly boost in unemployment checks through 2009. Also, for workers who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits, the package provides up to 33 weeks of extended unemployment benefits through Dec. 31.

Food-stamp benefits increase by nearly 14 percent.

Unemployed workers eligible for health insurance through the federal COBRA program will get a 65 percent federal subsidy for their monthly insurance premiums for up to nine months.

DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS

One-time $250 payments to nearly 3 million recipients of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income.

TAX CREDIT

Up to $400 in 2009 and 2010 for individuals who make less than $95,000; couples are eligible for up to $800. BUDGET AID

About $6 billion for the state and local school districts.

INFRASTRUCTURE

$1 billion for highway and bridge construction and repair.

$343 million for mass transit projects.

$218 million for water and sewer system improvements.

ENERGY

$258 million for weatherization of low-income households.

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