FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2021
PA House Republican Response to Wolf, Legislative Democrats Call for Small Business Grant Program
HARRISBURG – At a press conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Democrat leaders once again discussed their desire to help small businesses impacted by the Governor’s unilateral economic shutdown orders that have taken place throughout the ongoing COVID-19 emergency declaration through a grant program funded by surplus dollars in the Workers Compensation Insurance Fund.
On Thursday’s announcement, Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus Spokesperson Jason Gottesman made the following statement:
"Over the past ten months, Gov. Tom Wolf has repeatedly shut down whole sectors of Pennsylvania’s economy on his own initiative to the utter devastation of mom and pop main street stores, small to mid-sized businesses, and the hospitality industry.
“As Republicans in the General Assembly worked to undo the damage done by this governor’s unilateral, overbroad, and inconsistent orders, legislative Democrats stood in lock step with Gov. Wolf to keep Pennsylvania’s businesses closed and reeling from the effects of his orders without certainty as to when the next shut down would occur.
“House Republicans said when the governor first announced his desire to create a small business grant program from excess Worker’s Compensation Insurance Fund dollars three weeks ago that we would work with him on relief that accompanies long-term solutions that, among other things, ends the threat of these ridiculous shutdowns. To our knowledge, he has not transferred any money in furtherance of his plan and has not engaged with House Republican leadership on this or any relief initiative on any level.
“Our doors are open, our phone lines are working, and we await engagement from governor on what ideas he can bring to the table.”
“In the meantime, House Republicans have prioritized economic recovery from a holistic level through the creation of the ‘Envy of the East’ Task Force announced earlier this week. We look forward to continue standing up for small businesses throughout Pennsylvania in this new legislative session.”