Apr. 12, 2021

HARRISBURG – Reps. Joe Kerwin (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill) and Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill) along with House Majority Caucus Secretary Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) held a roundtable discussion with local business leaders affected by the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions and the impacts they have experienced.

“Over the past year, we have seen one individual crown themself king and begin making the rules for all 12.8 million Pennsylvanians, without input or advice from his co-equal branch of government,” said Twardzik. “Our businesses need relief, they have needed help for over a year now, since Gov. Tom Wolf decided to choose his winners and losers and shut businesses down – labeling those either essential or nonessential. Businesses of all sizes have been impacted by the restrictions and orders that were implemented by this administration. My colleagues and I stand committed to delivering an economic comeback that protects Pennsylvania families and reforms our government to work for all of us.”

“Ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have a voice is the absolute bottom line here,” said Kerwin. “Our businesses have sought out help for their employees – but have only been attacked or singled out by this governor and his administration for trying to do the right thing. We heard from this roundtable, the back and forth of what business may have been deemed essential or non-essential, then having the decision changed, a failed waiver process and much, much more that this governor imposed on people. This administration’s determination to move our energy workers and many others from a 1B vaccination phase down to a 1C phase, is unacceptable, and ultimately restricts and delays our economic recovery because of more poorly made decisions. The everchanging rulings from King Wolf have left many Pennsylvanians and their businesses stranded. House Republicans are committed to not only helping our own constituents but providing a substantial recovery plan for all Pennsylvanians.”

“I want to encourage everyone to make their voices heard on May 18,” White said. “Study the ballot questions and understand how they will impact our self-governance. They are among the most important decisions you will make this year.”

Those present at the roundtable discussion with Kerwin, Twardzik and White included: Robert Carl Jr., president and CEO of Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce; Vito Valenti, owner of Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza and Restaurant; Jamie Barton, representative of Jack Rich Inc.; Jay Newswanger, owner of R&J Transportation; Dennis Fink, representative of NE Prestressed Product, LLC; Dan Sponenburger, local piano tuner; and Debra Haase, president of Cardinal System.

For more information on the questions that will appear on the May 18, Primary Election Ballot, go to here.

The roundtable discussion can be viewed here.

Representative Tim Twardzik
123rd Legislative District
Representative Joe Kerwin
125th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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