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DHS unveils plan for US bailout dollars from Pennsylvania | Five for the weekend

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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Thursday shared highlights of its spending plan for about $ 1.2 billion federal funding of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

“We have an unprecedented opportunity with this federal funding to support those who have supported individuals and families in our communities throughout the pandemic,” Acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead said in a statement. “With this funding, we are immediately investing in recruiting and retaining Pennsylvania’s caring workforce, which is essential to providing home and community services.”

DHS received conditional approval from Medicaid and Medicare service centers for his spending plan on December 1

The expenditure plan focuses funds on eight key areas:

  • Increase access to home and community services
  • Staff recruitment and retention
  • Provide the necessary supplies to facilitate safe services
  • Additional training and learning opportunities through workforce support
  • Support families who care for their loved one
  • Improve the functional capacities of people with disabilities
  • Improve transitional supports
  • Capacity building for home and community services

In a call with reporters on Thursday, DHS Development Programs Office Assistant Secretary Kristin Ahrens called the funding an “incredible resource” for ODP’s community service programs, which serve more … than 57,000 Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism.

“DHS is committed to using ARPA funding to address the issues that arise now and to plan for the future so that we can make sure these programs are available to those who need them,” said Ahrens.

As always, your Top 5 most read stories of the week start below.

1. Pennsylvania House Republicans Choose Citizens Card Submission as Congressional Draft Plan

House Republicans on Wednesday afternoon released a first draft of Pennsylvania’s 17 congressional districts, using a map with just a handful of municipal divisions drawn by a redistribution advocate as a preliminary proposal.

State Representative Seth Grove, R-York, chairman of the House State Government Committee, which is responsible for redrawing the lines, told the Capital-Star he was sure the map would change during negotiations with the Senate of state and government Tom Wolf’s office.

The card must pass through both Republican-controlled houses and be signed by Wolf, a Democrat, to become law.

Kyle Rittenhouse (Getty Images)

2. Stop calling Kyle Rittenhouse a hero. He killed two unarmed people | Bruce ledewitz

Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot dead three men in a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two of them, has been acquitted of all criminal charges. He was hailed as a hero. He was celebrated by politicians, including Donald Trump. He has been compared to John Wayne as a symbol of law-abiding people fighting against lawlessness. When he picked up a rifle in protest at the first police shooting * on Jacob Blake, Rittenhouse said his intention was to protect property from violence.

But the two men killed by Rittenhouse were unarmed. John Wayne never shot an unarmed man.

Rittenhouse was acquitted due to changes in the legal understanding of self-defense in recent years. Based on Rittenhouse’s verdict, the rest of us are now dangerous with anyone with a gun.

Keystone Generating Station, a coal-fired power station in Armstrong County, approximately 80 km northeast of Pittsburgh. (Capital-Star Photo by Stephen Caruso)

3. Pennsylvania’s carbon charge for power plants ready for enactment, but the legislative agency says it cannot yet

A statewide program to curb carbon emissions from Pennsylvania power plant operators is expected to become law, but more slowly than conservationists would like.

The state’s entry into the multi-state pact known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, calls for 58 fossil fuel combustion plants to auction off a credit for every tonne of carbon they release in the atmosphere. The average price of a credit in the last auction was $ 13 per tonne of carbon.

The policy received final approval from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office this week, the last step before it was generally published and enacted.

However, this last step could be delayed until, at the latest, the beginning of January 2022 due to a technical dispute between the administration of Governor Tom Wolf and the legislative agency which is issuing new laws and regulations, an important step. , although bureaucratic.

Governor Tom Wolf and State Senator Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia speak before a press conference on voting rights on June 9, 2021. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

4. Street says the Senate Congress bill is fair and protects minority voters; Democrats say he sold out

In the face of contempt for social media and internal party outrage, the leading Democratic architect of a negotiated map of Pennsylvania’s new congressional districts defends Labor Product.

State Senator Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, warned that the map, released Wednesday night, is a draft and that negotiations with state government Senate committee chair Senator Dave Argall, R -Schuylkill, are in progress. Street is the panel’s ranking Democrat.

Governor Tom Wolf speaks at a rally for public education funding on June 8, 2021 (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

5. Senate GOP publishes draft contract with Envoy Sage. Here’s what’s inside

With a finalized six-month deal, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate released a redacted version of its $ 270,250 contract with Envoy Sage, LLC, the vendor investigating the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary election.

Chosen by Senator Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, in conjunction with the GOP caucus leadership and Republicans on the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, Envoy Sage is tasked with analyzing State Department documents and filtering submissions from Pennsylvania voters who claim to have witnessed electoral violations. or irregularities.

Current President Joe Biden won the Commonwealth election by 80,555 votes. The efforts to review the 2020 election come after a months-long campaign by former President Donald Trump, who made unsubstantiated claims that voter fraud and misconduct resulted in his downfall. Legal challenges to the results failed in court, and two post-election audits conducted in Pennsylvania after the presidential election found no evidence of fraud.

Dush and Pro Tempore Senate Speaker Jake Corman, R-Center, who recently competed in the 2020 gubernatorial race, said the investigation aimed to identify strengths and weaknesses in the state’s electoral process. The Senate review is not a recount, nor will it restore Trump to power.

And this is the week. See you all here next weekend.