Representative Twardzik Hosts Public Hearing on Barriers to Starting a Business

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State Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill) announced Friday that he hosted a House Majority Policy Committee public hearing to discuss barriers to starting and growing a business in today’s economy.

The hearing, held Thursday in Pottsville, aimed to dig deeper into how current and potential business owners are coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation, as well as regulatory challenges. and workforce challenges.

“This is an important conversation to have on a national issue. With the Commonwealth’s unemployment and inflation rate, it’s harder than ever to start, let alone keep, a business,” Twardzik said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we need to support them in any way we can.”

Witnesses at the hearing said excessive and harmful government policies, such as COVID shutdowns and federal energy policies, have hampered companies’ ability to make ends meet. Witnesses also expressed the need for increased technical and labor training opportunities.

“My family bakery survived the Great Depression, the Spanish Flu, World War I, World War II, and every recession, but I don’t know if it can survive the policies of the Democrats in Harrisburg and DC. “, Larry Padora, owner of Padora’s Italian bakery, said. “I fear in the current climate that being an entrepreneur is quickly being snuffed out.”

Lawmakers said hearing from entrepreneurs is crucial to making better policy decisions.

“Small business owners like the ones we heard from are so vital to our communities and the future of our state’s economy,” said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), chairman of the committee. . “We must continue to adopt policies that will make it easier to train workers, reduce regulatory burdens and invest in infrastructure. Then the government needs to step aside and let these business owners do what they do best.

Witnesses suggested that possible future policies include more training to prepare students for real-life experiences, as well as more high-tech and vocational-technical training. John Powers, CEO of Ash/Tec, said, “The end game must be a top-notch, educated and skilled workforce that can make Pennsylvania thrive.”

“Elements of this year’s state budget will help tackle unemployment and reduce taxes for small businesses, but there is still work to be done to facilitate new and growing businesses in today’s economy,” concluded Twardzik.

The video of the hearing, as well as the testimonies submitted are available on