Senator Mensch’s Harrisburg Highlights

Dear Friends,

Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.

While it was a quiet week in Harrisburg, it sure has been a snowy one throughout the Commonwealth.  Some areas of the state saw well over a foot of snow, and people everywhere are dealing with the aftermath of the snow.  Many thanks to our highway workers and utility providers for working so hard to keep all of us up and running during these severe weather alerts.

In the midst of another partial shutdown by the Governor, I think it’s important to highlight some of the statistics which show his mitigations efforts, while he says they’re working and are backed by science and data, are questionable at best.  Governor Wolf’s failed leadership has harmed workers and devastated our economy and his rejection of collaborative emergency response has been devastating to our citizens.

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 30% of Pennsylvania businesses were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second-highest percentage in the country, while the United States averaged roughly 19%.  
  • While Pennsylvania has had a higher percentage of employers forced to close during the pandemic and our unemployment rate is higher than the U.S. average, the Commonwealth ranks outside the top 20 in the percentage of businesses receiving a loan or grant tied to payroll.
  • Governor Wolf’s orders closed a higher percentage of businesses than any other state, yet Pennsylvania still has the seventh-highest number of total coronavirus deaths in the country and has the 15th-highest death rate in the U.S. as a percentage of population.  

If you’re interested, you can sign up to receive my newsletters that contain the most up to date information on statewide and local issues on my website,  You can also keep an eye on my website for news releases, email me with questions or concerns, or find contact information for my district offices which you can get in touch with if you need anything.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 215-541-2388.

Senator Bob Mensch