As I’ve put forth since April 2020, Rural Pennsylvania is markedly different than our urban centers. On Monday, I expressed this exact sentiment to Governor Tom Wolf‘s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Health contacts that met with the North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission‘s COVID-19 Task Force.
Thanks to Mr. Tanaka for expressing the same sentiments to the PA House Republican Policy Caucus yesterday. It is great to see Rural PA getting a voice in Harrisburg. I pray that someone is listening on the other end.
Matt Gabler stated:
Clearfield and Elk counties are different than Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. That’s one of the messages conveyed by Riki Tanaka at yesterday’s House Majority Policy Committee hearing on how Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 “targeted mitigation” has affected Pennsylvania eating establishments.
Tanaka owns four restaurants “next door” in nearby McKean County and had to layoff 75 employees during the pandemic. The challenges he faces are the same as those facing his fellow business owners in the 75th District.
Bottom line – the governor’s decision to limit restaurants to operating at 25% capacity is unfair for a number of reasons.