HARRISBURG – Working to pave the way for job creation in Pennsylvania, the state House has approved Rep. Mike Peifer’s (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) plan to streamline the business permitting process.
“People need jobs, and we need to make it easier for employers to create those jobs – it’s as simple as that,” Peifer said. “Instead of blocking the door with red tape, Pennsylvania needs to open that door and put out the welcome mat for businesses and the employment opportunities they can provide to our citizens.”
In order to make Pennsylvania more job friendly, Peifer’s House Bill 2022 would establish an online portal where employers could access their accounts to register, apply for, and track documents associated with setting up or doing business in the Commonwealth.
“It’s a simple solution that will make a big difference to current and future employers in Pennsylvania,” said Peifer, who served as team leader of the House Republican Policy Committee’s Job Creation Policy Development Team.
Under the legislation, the online portal would have to, at minimum, provide the following services:
• Electronic submission of a permit application, permit fees or fines.
• Tracking of payment status and pending permit applications.
• Recording of electronic signatures.
• Access to a customized, agency-created checklist specific to the individual business account.
• Online interaction with Commonwealth agencies to resolve difficulties with the permitting portal.
• Listing of information related to local permit application information for relevant local permitting authorities.
House Bill 2022 is one of a number of pro-jobs measures under consideration by the state House. Other bills would extend the Research and Development Tax Credit program as well as the Keystone Opportunity Zone initiative, and offer tax credits to investors that support start-up companies.
House Bill 2022 now goes to the Senate for consideration.