Senators Jim Brewster & Pam Iovino Propose $100 Million COVID-19 Grant Program & Financial Relief Package for PA Restaurants & Taverns  

Allegheny County, PA – July 23, 2020 – Today, State Senators Jim Brewster and Pam Iovino announced a comprehensive proposal to provide emergency relief to Pennsylvania’s restaurants and taverns, which have seen significant financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdown. The seven-point plan includes a $100 million grant program to retail liquor licensees using federal CARES Act funds, as well as a suite of policy changes to financially benefit these struggling businesses.

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$10 million available to support Pennsylvania’s food system

$10 million is now available for Pennsylvania businesses that have worked to maintain access to fresh, healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “Pennsylvania’s food retailers stepped up to the plate to protect those putting food on the shelf, to think outside of...

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Legislators join Gov. Wolf in call for masking

HARRISBURG — State and federal officials joined Gov. Tom Wolf in reminding Pennsylvanians to wear a mask to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. “As we increasingly resume public activities in our commonwealth, we need to remain vigilant about taking...

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State arts council distributes $2.3 million to arts groups

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that 309 nonprofit arts organizations will receive grants totaling $2.3 million to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds from the federal CARES Act support staff salaries, facilities costs and fees for artists or...

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Sen. Iovino Supports Nominations of DMVA Officials


At a meeting of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Senator Iovino discussed her support for the following officer nominations in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA):

Air National Guard
Brigadier General Gregg A. Perez (nominated for Major General)
Colonel Mark A. Goodwill (nominated for Brigadier General)

Army National Guard
Brigadier General Stephen M. Radulski (nominated for Major General)
Colonel Laura A. McHugh (nominated for Brigadier General)

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Sen. Iovino Introduces Amendment to Protect Veterans Trust Fund


Senator Iovino introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 957, legislation that would create a special sticker designating veteran-owned small businesses. Her amendment would maintain the proposed program while changing the funding stream to avoid raiding the Veterans Trust Fund, which supports organizations that serve veterans throughout the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, the amendment did not succeed.

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