ICYMI: Funding from the American Rescue Plan “Means No More Furloughs for Easton City Workers”
After Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) fought for and secured more than $20 million in relief funding from the American Rescue Plan for Easton, the city announced that not only will the funds help save the jobs of city workers, but will also promote hiring for vacant city jobs. In addition to the funding for Easton, Rep. Wild released information about the funding heading to cities and counties across PA-07. See more about the Easton funding below:
By Rudy Miller
- Losses in revenues due to COVID-19 forced the city to mandate 10-week furloughs for 81 employees. With the new federal aid, those furloughs won’t have to take place, the mayor said. The city will also move to fill vacant jobs, he said.
- The federal relief funds can go toward such things as public health expenditures, small business relief, pay for hospitality workers and premium pay for essential workers.
- The mayor said the police and fire departments were fully staffed during the pandemic, but other departments were short. That left department supervisors trimming grass or repairing leaks at the wastewater treatment plant, Panto said.
- The funds could help with programs for affordable housing, facade improvement grants, infrastructure and internet connectivity. Panto said 37% of Easton’s kids don’t have access to the internet in their homes.
- He thanked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Rep. Susan Wild for their help lobbying for aid. Both are Democrats. Wild represents the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.
- “Our continued recovery from the pandemic and resulting economic crisis depends on targeted relief for working families and small businesses, so I’m glad we were able to get this done for communities across the Lehigh Valley,” Wild said in a news release.