Brief Update On The PA Waiver Process

3/27/2020 - 2:41:27 PM

At Gap Power we are still helping where we can by providing any news we have about the PA waiver process that might be of help to you. The article quoted below and linked here might give you a little more insight into how the State of PA is handling the waivers - but it also raises more questions than answers. We are still using our computer to send in your waiver request if you need us to do that for you. You can call Daniel or Craig at 717 442 8970 extension zero. We have heard of numerous waivers approved and many businesses that are still waiting for a response. Besides making sure that your waiver is clear about what work you will be doing and how you plan to keep workers and customer safe we don't really have any more guidance on the application. We do know of some construction companies that received a waiver for all work, not just one location, so for sure you should submit an application along those lines as well as continue to send in waiver applications for specific jobs. The State has 40-50 people processing applications, with many of those working from home so results may vary.

While these are trying times one does not have to look hard to still see the Lord's blessings. Be faithful. Willy





There are few safeguards in place to ensure the waiver process has been fair and equitable. The administration has declined to release the exact criteria and process for approvals and denials, and it has also declined to release a list of businesses that were allowed to reopen and those that were not.

As of Wednesday, the Department of Community and Economic Development said it had received a staggering 24,877 waiver requests. Of those, 4,003 had been approved and 4,439 had been denied. At a news conference that day, Wolf said he was not personally signing off on any of the waiver decisions.

On Thursday, when asked by Spotlight PA if he would pledge to release a list of all businesses granted and denied waivers, the governor was non-committal, saying he would consider it “if I can be convinced that that’s in the best interest of making sure that we’re doing the right thing.”

“I want to be as open and transparent as I can,” Wolf said during his daily video news conference on the coronavirus outbreak. “I also don’t want to make this process subject to all kinds of pressures that might make it work less well than I think it should.”

Dennis Davin, the head of the Department of Community and Economic Development, also left open the possibility of releasing the information, but he declined to give a specific timeline.

“We will work to make these decisions public as quickly as we can,” Davin said, “but right now, the biggest focus is on reviewing and getting these waivers out. We are working night and day on this.”

Wolf has said his decision to close all but the most essential businesses is a vital part of the strategy to keep people at home and away from one another to stymie the virus’ unrelenting spread. As it stands, the number of new COVID-19 cases across Pennsylvania is doubling every two to three days.

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