Sweetened beverage tax hurting workers, businesses in Philadelphia

Sweetened beverage tax hurting workers, businesses in Philadelphia

For decades, Acme food markets have been a staple to the Philadelphia area’s identity. With locations in the city expanding to the suburbs over decades, employing thousands of workers, they’ve even earned perhaps the highest honor for the region: a special pronunciation from the natives of South Philly, who buy groceries at the “Hack-a-me”.

It seems fitting the company has become a major battleground over the city’s sweetened beverage tax. According to Jim Perkins, who oversees the region’s operations, the tax has hurt city stores, cutting into sales, profits, and workers’ hours.

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: Soda Tax
Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

House Republicans were just two votes shy on Tuesday of sending a full package of regulatory reform bills over to the Senate for consideration, but GOP lawmakers still found success with the passage of four pieces of legislation that aim to restructure the state’s regulatory processes.

The House passed four bills from the GOP caucus #GovtDoneRight wish list with relative ease on Tuesday, but one bill eluded passage as some Republicans grew skeptical of the effects it could have across the state. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Republican leaders are touting more than $800 million in more-than-expected tax revenues as a sign the state is on the right fiscal path but cautioned Wednesday that they will be looking to plow most of that money into the rainy day fund.

 

The Department of Revenue announced Wednesday they had collected a little over $464 million in tax revenue in April, 11 percent more than projected. That brings the total General Fund revenue to $29.2 billion, $828 million more than initially expected..

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Fiedler introduces Fair Workweek legislation requiring more notice for certain work schedules

Fiedler introduces Fair Workweek legislation requiring more notice for certain work schedules

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Philadelphia) was joined by a handful of her colleagues to introduce her legislation known as Fair Workweek PA. 

The legislation would require certain large companies in fields such as hospitality, food service and retail give their employees at least two weeks' notice for their work schedule. If the schedule were to change within those two weeks, the employee would be compensated. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
NEPA legislators want to save waste coal industry, even as environmental concerns remain

NEPA legislators want to save waste coal industry, even as environmental concerns remain

NESQUEHONING, Pa.—A bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing to boost the state’s coal refuse industry, arguing more needs to be done to enhance the public-private partnership to avoid a fate similar to that of the state’s nuclear industry.

Currently, there are almost 200,000 acres of abandoned coal mines in Pennsylvania. In an effort to reclaim that land, 13 power plants across the state burn the waste coal for fuel. They then sell the energy and use those funds to invest in improving the mine-scarred land, which can then be developed.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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