Expanded Unemployment Benefits
While taxpayers will continue to apply for and receive unemployment benefits from their state, the federal unemployment insurance will add $600 per week to the amount provided from the state through July 31. There is no repayment or reduction provision in the law if the $600 additional weekly amount makes your unemployment compensation higher than your base earnings from employment.
In addition, part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers now have access to unemployment benefits.
Dear Pennsylvania Taxpayer,
Please see the below update from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kathy Boockvar, with an important message about the Pennsylvania primary election.
Dear Fellow Pennsylvanian,
These are unprecedented times, and we hope you and your families are staying safe. We are writing with IMPORTANT news about recent changes to the Pennsylvania primary election related to COVID 19. In order to protect the health and safety of all voters, poll workers, and election officials while also ensuring access to voting, the legislature, Governor Wolf, and the Department of State worked together to pass legislation to reschedule the PA primary election to Tuesday, June 2.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application
Description: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
Paycheck Protection Program
Description: The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
Under this program:
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I also wanted to share this poem - in case you didn't see it:
Via Governor Wolf:
WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW
Barrett Township Offices are Closed to the public. Please contact staff via phone or email.
By Amy Leiser, Executive Director
Monroe County Historical Association
The influenza virus has been in existence for thousands of years. Since humans began domesticating livestock and living alongside them, the flu has been an illness that has plagued our species. Greek philosopher, Hippocrates, first described flu symptoms 2,400 years ago, but it wasn’t until 1933 that the influenza virus was correctly identified in humans by scientists and researchers Christopher Andrews, Patrick Laidrow, and Wilson Smith.
There have been documented epidemics and pandemics of the influenza virus for hundreds of years, but the Influenza Outbreak of 1918 was the worst on record. During the Spring of 1918, mild cases of the flu were reported across the globe, but by autumn of that year, the flu virus had hit pandemic proportions all over the world. The 1918 flu, also known as The Spanish Flu or La Grippe, killed an estimated 50 million people. By comparison,16 million people died during World War I. Individuals who caught this particular strain of the flu deteriorated quickly; some died within 24 hours of contracting the virus.
Looking out for our customers We’re facing this public health challenge together. Here are some of the things we’re doing to look out for our customers during this coronavirus pandemic.
Delivering on our core mission Our homes, health-care facilities and grocery stores need reliable electricity to keep moving during this crisis. Powering our communities remains our number one responsibility.
Rest assured, throughout this crisis and beyond, we’re working every day to maintain a strong, resilient and reliable power grid. You need us to keep your lights on, and we’re here for you. And we’re doing it safely by limiting direct interaction between our employees and customers and respecting social distancing at all times.
If you can’t pay your bill during this crisis, we will not cut off your electric service. We’ve also waived late payment charges for all customers, effective March 16, 2020.
Beyond that, a variety of payment assistance programs are available if you’re struggling to pay your bill during this time.
(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously agreed Tuesday on a plan delaying the primary election until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
I hope everyone is safely hunkered down - in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
1. I have activated the message board on BarrettCommunity.com. Please share the link with local friends & family:
2. I have created a #Slack workspace, I think it might be a great way to communicate. Here is the link to join - please share with local friends & family: