By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Governor Tom Wolf is asking state lawmakers to release $145 million to help struggling small businesses.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccinations In Pittsburgh: AHN Administers Thousands Of Shots On Saturday
The governor says the state Legislature has to approve the funding before it can be turned into grants for businesses.
Since the start of the pandemic, my administration has provided more than $525 million in relief for businesses and non-profits including:
💼 Loans for small businesses
👩💻 Grants for historically disadvantaged businesses
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 12, 2021READ MORE: Gateway Athletic Director And Head Football Coach Tells Coaches Not To Apply For Pine Richland Job
“Delaying now when the funds are already there, they’ve already been provided, only harms working people of Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “Again, the money is available. It’s here and our businesses can’t afford to wait.”
The governor says more money will be coming for small businesses in the form of CARES Act funding from the federal government.
Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus Spokesperson Jason Gottesman released a statement, saying in part:
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.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Our doors are open, our phone lines are working, and we await engagement from governor on what ideas he can bring to the table.