(HARRISBURG) – Responding to Governor Wolf’s announcement of a plan to begin re-opening Pennsylvania next month, Senate leaders offered the following statements:
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25):
“We applaud that the Governor has recognized actions taken by the Legislature over the last several weeks and that he has begun to acknowledge that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for recovering from this public health emergency. Last week, the Senate approved my amendment and passed Senate Bill 327, which would have allowed for local elected officials to be involved in the re-opening of Pennsylvania. Local control must be a part of our plans moving forward.
“Every area of our Commonwealth has been impacted differently by COVID-19. Emporium is not Manhattan and Brookville is not Philadelphia. Counties that have seen an extremely minimal number of cases should not be forced to remain in lockdown until next month. An earlier timeframe for rural employers and employees should be put in place, so they have the option to begin safely returning to work now.”
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34):
“We are encouraged to see that the Governor has come around to our way of thinking when it comes to moving Pennsylvania forward from this public health crisis. His announcement tonight is a page from the legislation the Senate passed last week that provided clarity, consistency and benchmarks to the process.
“We need an approach to reopening Pennsylvania that is driven by the understanding of how differently this virus has affected our communities. We have long called for the Governor to set a reasonable approach to allow employers to safely bring people back to work. This was a step toward achieving that. It is our hope that in the coming days the Governor provides more information to the process he outlined tonight.”
Kate Flessner (Scarnati)
Jenn Kocher (Corman)