Harrisburg, April 20, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s reopening plan:
“The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation, Senate Bill 327 and Senate Bill 613, which would build broad collaborative partnerships across the public and private sectors to develop safe, transparent, and responsible plans to reopen Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf has indicated he will veto the Senate legislation; and instead, he has opted to proceed with a unilateral executive plan to reopen Pennsylvania that is short on details, lacks clarity, and is devoid of collaborative deliberations with the legislature.
If the COVID-19 crisis has taught us anything, it has taught us we are all in this together and all levels of government need to be more collaborative in their approach to a global pandemic.
Protecting the public health and managing an economy that ensures safe working conditions are not mutually exclusive concepts, and certainly should not be the subject of partisan bickering. Over 45 states in the nation currently operate under uniform CDC and CyberSecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s guidelines regarding operating businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Health already have broad authority to implement safe business mitigation plans and enforce those measures. We have talented men and women in all branches of state government, and it is necessary for us to work together to save both lives and livelihoods.”