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Companies in Harrisburg react to the state’s Democrats pandemic aid invoice – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

As cases continue to surge, State Senate Democrats have introduced a $4 billion pandemic relief plan. Prior to the pandemic most of the tables at the Rubicon in Harrisburg would be filled with hungry patrons, but now that’s not the case and the owner says financial help is needed. “A lot of our clientele regardless of those restrictions doesn’t feel comfortable coming out. Everybody’s comfort level is what it is and you have to respect that,” said the owner of Rubicon Staci Basore. Basore says even if the vaccines are made available, it will take some time for patrons to come back. State lawmakers believe people like Bashore deserve some help. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa Junior said, “We know the need is there, and that’s what this is about.”On Friday, the state’s Senate Democratic Caucus outlined a $4 billion plan to help struggling Pennsylvanians and small businesses throughout the pandemic. Without those funds, Basore tells us, “Trying to maintain the space, trying to maintain my employees *which is paramount right now… it’s gonna be challenging, it’s gonna be hard.”Democrats are hoping to pass the bill before the next General Assembly is sworn in, but it will need bi-partisan support.The proposed relief bill would also help frontline workers and other vulnerable residents. One billion dollars of the plan is designated for unemployment compensation with allocation for local governments, education, food and housing.

As cases continue to surge, State Senate Democrats have introduced a $4 billion pandemic relief plan.

Prior to the pandemic most of the tables at the Rubicon in Harrisburg would be filled with hungry patrons, but now that’s not the case and the owner says financial help is needed.

“A lot of our clientele regardless of those restrictions doesn’t feel comfortable coming out. Everybody’s comfort level is what it is and you have to respect that,” said the owner of Rubicon Staci Basore.

Basore says even if the vaccines are made available, it will take some time for patrons to come back.

State lawmakers believe people like Bashore deserve some help.

Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa Junior said, “We know the need is there, and that’s what this is about.”

On Friday, the state’s Senate Democratic Caucus outlined a $4 billion plan to help struggling Pennsylvanians and small businesses throughout the pandemic.

Without those funds, Basore tells us, “Trying to maintain the space, trying to maintain my employees *which is paramount right now… it’s gonna be challenging, it’s gonna be hard.”

Democrats are hoping to pass the bill before the next General Assembly is sworn in, but it will need bi-partisan support.

The proposed relief bill would also help frontline workers and other vulnerable residents.

One billion dollars of the plan is designated for unemployment compensation with allocation for local governments, education, food and housing.

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