Gov. Tom Wolf urged the General Assembly to act now to allocate $145 million that is available now to provide much-needed support to Pennsylvania businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Wolf noted that it has been three weeks since he initiated a transfer of $145 million to be approved by the state legislature into grants for businesses. This transfer requires legislative authorization to appropriate the funding to make grants for businesses.
“This pandemic has brought us many challenges, but we have the means in front of us to help Pennsylvanians overcome one of those challenges,” Wolf said. “We all need the Republican-led General Assembly to step up and do their part. Republican leaders have failed to act thus far and that has to change. They need to act quickly because businesses need this help now.
“The General Assembly must commit to working together to get this money into the hands of businesses that need it. Delaying now, when the funds have already been transferred, only harms working Pennsylvanians. The money is available and ready to be distributed, and our businesses can’t afford to wait.”