– Recognizing the extreme challenges faced by small businesses, educational institutions and Pennsylvania families as a result of the ongoing pandemic, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today joined his House colleagues in unanimously approving a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package.
“Obviously, the financial assistance this measure provides is necessary and badly needed as Pennsylvania and its residents continue to deal with the devastating impacts of the pandemic,” said Heffley. “While this funding is certainly welcome news, I believe our recovery efforts should also include the safe reopening of the entire economy following CDC guidelines and an end to the Wolf administration’s unilateral and questionable decisions to limit business activity.”
Senate Bill 109 allocates $145 million in grants for the hard-hit restaurant and hospitality industry, $570 million for rental and utility assistance, and $197 million in funding for various educational institutions, including career and technical schools, community colleges and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
The measure also clarifies funding received by businesses from the federal Paycheck Protection Program is not subject to state income taxes.
The amended proposal was subsequently approved by the Senate and sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.
To view or download a broadcast-quality video of Heffley’s comments on the bill, click the video box below.
Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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