While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While leaving open future action from the state legislature, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court upheld Philadelphia’s soda tax Wednesday.

The tax, signed into law in 2016, was levied by the city to fund additional education investments. It was then challenged by restaurant industry groups and local business people as a violation of a 1932 state law that granted the city the right to tax anything without a state levy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

While some Democrats have come out strong for new policy in the wake of the shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. in Pittsburgh several weeks ago, the legislation might not be received warmly.

An East Pittsburgh police officers shot and killed Rose, a 17-year-old unarmed black teen, while he was fleeing a traffic stop on June 19. The police officer was arrested, and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he was pursuing murder charges.
Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

For the first time in a decade, Pennsylvania will have a nice chunk of change to squirrel away in its coffers.

As part of the 2018 budget, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf eight days ahead of time, the commonwealth is putting $22 million into its Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund, or rainy day fund for short.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Following a sudden retirement two months after the primary, a state House seat in the north Pittsburgh suburbs is now, temporarily at least, without a Republican nominee.

Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny), a veteran and attorney, announced July 3 that he was not running for reelection. He is the 28th General Assembly member, and the 22nd Republican, to announce his retirement this year.
Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

Of the 17 statewide races held over the past decade, the winner of Northampton County has carried Pennsylvania in 15 of them.

The two who didn’t go on to win? Both native sons — including former Northampton County Executive John Brown in the 2016 auditor general’s race, and Former District Attorney John Morganelli in the 2008 attorney general’s race.

“If [Northampton County] likes a candidate, they will pick them up and drag them across the finish line,” Lee Snover, chairwoman of the county’s Republican Committee, said.

Sunday, July 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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