HARRISBURG – After hearing from local business
owners, construction workers and others, members of the House of
Representatives from York, Adams and Cumberland counties joined together to urge
Gov. Tom Wolf to allow construction projects to be completed and to allow workers
to return to job sites. Previously, Wolf included construction on the list of
“non-essential” businesses, which put a halt to construction projects in
Pennsylvania. In response, the members, who are House Appropriations Chair Stan
Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer
(R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove
(R-Dover), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle), Greg Rothman
(R-Camp Hill) and Mike Jones (R-York Township) issued the following statement:
understand the need to take measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to
protect all Pennsylvanians. We also recognize the tough decisions the governor
has had to make during this crisis.
believe the governor is wrong to shut down all construction in Pennsylvania.
Though the administration’s list of businesses permitted to operate is supposed
to be based on guidelines from the federal government, he failed to follow its recommendation
to allow construction to continue, similar to our bordering states.
governor issued his sudden and confusing order to close numerous businesses,
homes that were under construction are left to deteriorate in the elements, causing
environmental harm, as well as costing businesses and would-be homeowners thousands
of dollars. Though emergency repairs are permitted as part of the governor’s
list, he has been unclear if that means workers can shore up homes to protect
homes and other buildings also pose safety risks to those, particularly
children, who would venture onto sites. In addition, roadwork projects ceased
even though the drastically reduced amount of traffic provides an opportune
time for the projects to move forward.
construction can continue when workers follow social distancing practices. At
most construction sites, workers aren’t often near their colleagues, but rather
work solitarily, or in very small groups. In fact, there are most likely fewer
people on the average home construction site at any given time than there are
shoppers at a typical grocery store.
“That is why
we ask the governor to allow the more than 250,000 Pennsylvania construction
workers to incorporate safety protocols and to get back to work.”
Pennsylvania House Republicans
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