Philadelphia soda tax revenues double city estimates in first collection month

Philadelphia soda tax revenues double city estimates in first collection month

The City of Philadelphia Thursday released numbers from the first month of collecting the city’s recently enacted soda tax, reporting the city collected $5.7 million, more than doubling the estimated amount of $2.3 million.

 

Signed into law by Mayor Jim Kenney in late-June 2016, Philadelphia's soda tax is the first of such a levy enacted in a major US city.

Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislation seeks to provide patient-centered best practices in opioid addiction treatment

Legislation seeks to provide patient-centered best practices in opioid addiction treatment

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) announced Wednesday she has introduced legislation that would require addiction treatment centers to adopt patient-centered best practices as a means to treat opioid addiction.

 

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Treatment Act—now Senate Bill 428—requires the treatment centers, often sources of a singular source of treatment, to provide a panoply of treatment options to meet the specific needs of a consumer seeking their help.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

The legislature Tuesday began its three-week slate of budget hearings in what one ranking Appropriations Committee member called an era of “new normal.”

 

The budget hearing process, undertaken by the Appropriations Committee in the House and Senate, traditionally takes place in the period following the governor’s budget address and before the run-up to the enactment of the state budget in early summer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Rozzi reintroduces statute of limitations reform proposal with retroactivity component

Rep. Rozzi reintroduces statute of limitations reform proposal with retroactivity component

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) last week continued his crusade to remove criminal and civil statutes of limitations for childhood sexual abuse cases with a retroactivity/revival window by announcing he has reintroduced his proposal from last session that failed to pass the legislature last session.

 

The bill—House Bill 612—has been dubbed the Rep. Rozzi as “The Real Deal.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 35: AARP - PA

This week the podcast talks to Ray Landis, Advocacy Manager for AARP-PA. We discuss what it means to age in Pennsylvania, how the lottery and lottery fund affect Pennsylvania's seniors, and their take on retirement security and the agency consolidations proposed by Gov. Wolf.

Friday, February 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
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