Governor Shapiro's PAyback Program in Pennsylvania


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Aug 26, 2023
Governor Josh Shapiro has introduced an interesting program. Governor's PAyback program in Pennsylvania will give back money if state permits, licenses, or certifications are delayed. The program started in November 1, and since then the Department of State has never given any cash backs for delays, which indicates that the permit process is really fast. Processing times have drastically dropped. For example, it now takes just one day for vehicle salesperson licenses (before it was 12 days) and 5 days for doctors (before it was 43 days). Likewise, the Department of Environmental Protection is also doing well. Only four out of 2,400 permits took longer than promised. The PAyback program is becoming hugely successful.

If you want to learn more about PAyback program, check this article.
Pennsylvania, United States
Being penalized for delays by having to pay people is quite the way to get the ball rolling. I think it's an interesting way to make permitting offices move faster. Crazy to think just a little nudge like this is enough to speed the process up. Wonder if we'll see these measures done in other locations where the process is slower.