Pennsylvania's business shutdown waiver program gets audited

Many business owners complain the process was slow and arbitrary.

AP Newsroom
May 01, 2020 - 4:57 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) —Gov. Tom Wolf’s business shutdown waiver program is being audited amid complaints it was unfair. Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal watchdog announced the audit on Thursday. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he's investigating how the Department of Community and Economic Development ran the waiver program, under which tens of thousands of businesses applied to remain open during the pandemic. Many business owners complain the process was slow and arbitrary. The Democratic governor is defending his administration's handling of the waiver program. Meanwhile, the Health Department wants patients going in for elective surgeries to be tested for the virus even if they don’t have any symptoms

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