Pa. Gov. Wolf proposes waiving all liquor licensing fees in 2021 to help restaurants, bars weather pandemic

Written by on October 23, 2020

Pa. Gov. Wolf proposes waiving all liquor licensing fees in 2021 to help restaurants, bars weather pandemic

By Jen Rehill, WLVR news

October 23, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf has announced a plan to provide new financial relief to bars and restaurants during the pandemic.

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At a news conference in Pittsburgh, the governor said he’s working with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to cancel all licensing fees for 2021. 

“Waiving these fees will remove a burden from restaurant owners during a difficult time. And this is an important step to helping bars and restaurants retain the capital they need to weather the storm of COVID-19.”

If adopted, the move would impact more than 16,000 restaurants, bars, hotels and other establishments – and add up to $20 million in savings. 

The Liquor Control Board is an independent agency and will make the final call on the proposal. Wolf says he expects the waiver to be considered at the PLCB’s next board meeting.

Wolf also called on the state legislature to release more CARES Act funding to provide direct support to the restaurant industry. The state currently has approximately $1 billion of those federal dollars in reserve.

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