— With the governor announcing further restrictions on already hurting restaurants and bars, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) urges the Pennsylvania House to take up his Small Business Grant Program legislation, which would assist restaurants impacted by COVID-19.
“Small businesses across the Commonwealth are up against the wall at this point. The governor’s newest restrictions further hinder these businesses from overcoming their grave financial distress and employees now have to again worry about whether or not they will still have a job,” Kaufer said. “These restaurant owners’ livelihoods are on the line and they are in desperate need of assistance. This legislation would ease some of their worries and give them a sense of hope for the future.”
The program created through their House Bill 2615
would dedicate $250 million to these vital businesses.
Eligible restaurants would include those with up to 10 locations in Pennsylvania that lost at least 50% of their monthly sales in April and May. They would be eligible for up to $25,000 per location to use as working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or the purchase of food and beverage materials for restaurant operations. Large restaurant chains would be ineligible for grants under the program.
The bill is pending action in the House Commerce Committee.
Representative Aaron Kaufer
120th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives