HARRISBURG – Fayette County Senator Pat Stefano has offered a proposal to establish a $145 million Hospitality Industry Recovery Program to help restaurants and taverns devastated by COVID-19 and the governor’s closings and restrictions. He proposed an amendment to Senate Bill 109 that would transfer $145 million from the Workers’ Compensation Security Fund to the COVID-19 Response Restricted Account to provide county block grants to the hospitality industry. Grants would be provided in increments of $5,000 up to $50,000. Senate Bill 109 also amends the state Fiscal Code to allocate $569.8 million for Rental and Utility Assistance and $197 million for education programs. The amendment passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and goes to the full Senate for review.