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Business owners express confusion, frustration about waiver process

Pa. business owners share stories of evolving, sometimes contradictory, guidance from state
By Benjamin Pontz

Pa. officials revoked business waivers the night before publishing list of recipients

The Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees the process, said it was part of ongoing 'quality control.'
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 12, 2020 | 9:00 pm

Why did a hair and beauty products company receive a ‘life-sustaining’ waiver?

How this business qualified for a waiver is unclear from just the information DCED posted on its website.
By Ed Mahon

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Why some small businesses didn’t stand a chance at getting relief from Pa.’s $61 million loan program

The assistance didn’t prioritize businesses in the hardest hit parts of the state and relied on a patchwork of local economic development organizations.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Pa. auditor general to audit business waiver process

Move comes as a Senate committee approves a motion to issues subpoenas to obtain more information on how Wolf administration responded to businesses seeking to remain open during coronavirus closure
By Ed Mahon

Businesses tied to Gov. Tom Wolf, top Pa. senator close after questions about how they qualified as ‘life-sustaining’

Wolf's office said the state had rescinded a waiver granted to the governor's former cabinet supply company after inquiries from Spotlight PA and PA Post.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Ed Mahon