Ciresi, Snyder reintroduce bill to assist ultra-small businesses during the pandemic

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced that they are reintroducing a bill that that would offer grants to ultra-small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The bill would create a $50 million grant program for Pennsylvania’s smallest businesses, which make no more than $3 million in gross annual receipts or employ up to 30 full-time employees.

This bill, which was introduced in the last session as H.B. 2452, has been updated to allocate funding from the state’s Rainy Day Fund following the exhaustion of federal CARES Act money.

“When local ‘Mom and Pop’ businesses shut their doors, communities die,” Ciresi said. “We can’t let that happen. We’ve all seen beloved businesses close and hard-working people lose their jobs during this pandemic. We’ve got to come to our local businesses’ aid NOW with life-sustaining funding. That’s why Representative Snyder and I have updated and are reintroducing our bill to ensure small businesses receive the aid they need to survive.”

“Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. They’ve been hit extremely hard by the effects of the pandemic, and it’s imperative we provide them the support they need and deserve to survive,” Snyder said. “Representative Ciresi and I are committed to bringing this much-needed relief to these small businesses across our great state.”

In the previous session, the bill was unanimously reported out of the House Commerce Committee on May 19, 2020 but did not receive a House chamber vote.