Getting open safely, and concern about litigation
Dear Pennsylvania NFIB Members,
In May, and many weeks into the Covid-19 crisis, it’s time to analyze where things stand and what NFIB in Pennsylvania needs to push for in the days ahead. NFIB’s Research Foundation has taken a survey indicating a high number of members have filed for relief through the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program, and that a high percentage have received cash assistance. NFIB pressed hard on the SBA and the banking community to “get its act together.” At this time, the PPP process has substantially improved, and we are moving aggressively on our next small business advocacy steps.
Getting more doors safely open is our theme. As Governor Wolf has put out his red-yellow-green plan we are trying to make sure Pennsylvania does what most other states are doing by allowing most small business owners to open provided they follow CDC guidance on distancing and sanitation. Thus far, the Governor has taken his own route, and ignored what other states are doing. We will continue to fight for that. We are also seeking to have Wolf expand the regional map of counties allowed to reopen if they are lower-risk based on COVID-19 data, while assuring the reopenings are done with health and safety in mind.
In Pennsylvania and DC, concern about liability has surfaced As small business owners make plans to reopen calling back workers and inviting customers though their doors, the last think we need is trial lawyers trying to turn our health challenges into a lawsuit jackpot. Your team in the State Capitol is pressing for small business owners to be given a liability shield in this health emergency. The lines are already being drawn, with legislators supported by the trial bar standing against our interests. We need lawmakers to stand with us and offer indemnity, so the statewide economic recovery can take place.
Pressing. Pushing. Advocating! That’s our mission on your behalf in Harrisburg. Thank you for supporting these efforts through your membership and your activism. We consider it an honor to work for you!
Gordon Denlinger, State Director