Legislation headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk would allow many businesses in Pennsylvania to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak

Written by on April 16, 2020

 Legislation headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk would allow many businesses in Pennsylvania to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak

By Ed Mahon

April 16, 2020

Legislation headed to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk would allow many businesses in Pennsylvania to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak.

But some Democratic lawmakers warn the measure puts profits over people. And PA Post’s Ed Mahon reports, the governor plans to veto the bill.

Republicans don’t have a large enough majority to override a veto on their own. 

And no Democrats in the House or Senate voted for the bill.

State Senator Katie Muth of Montgomery County says there’s not enough testing and not enough protective equipment available to let more businesses reopen.

“Putting people back to work and rejuvenating an economy. That’s doable. We cannot bring people back from the dead. That’s impossible,” said Muth.

But Republicans argue that businesses can take safety precautions.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman of Centre County says the proposal would be fairer and more transparent than the governor’s system.

“This is not a massive reopening of businesses. This is still a very select amount of businesses,” said Corman.

The bill requires the governor to follow federal guidelines for which businesses are essential during the coronavirus pandemic. 

For example, builders would be able to restart work on construction projects.


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