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Philadelphia remains on track for estimated beverage tax collections

Philadelphia remains on track for estimated beverage tax collections

Earlier this week, the City of Philadelphia announced April’s preliminary collections for the city’s beverage tax came in at $7 million, keeping the city on track for its estimated $46 million in the current fiscal year.

 

The city collected $5.9 million in February and $6.2 million in March.

Friday, April 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

A bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania’s political subdivisions from regulating or charging a fee for the use of recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week.

 

The bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), was couched by supporters as a preemptory strike against municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees and potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

As Republicans in the state legislature look toward more private participation in the retail liquor and wine market, one current retail alcohol anathema is being examined for stricter enforcement: so-called “stop-and-go” locations in Philadelphia.

 

Operating on the fringes of the law or blatantly outside of it, the establishments are nicknamed “stop-and-go” due to their status as a convenience store or deli that also sells beer and liquor—sometimes in quantities as low as a single shot—often times consumed on premises or immediately outside the store.

Monday, April 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Constitutionality of Philadelphia's soda tax debated before Commonwealth Court in Pittsburgh

Constitutionality of Philadelphia's soda tax debated before Commonwealth Court in Pittsburgh

Commonwealth Court heard arguments over Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sweetened beverages in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a city ordinance that became effective January 1. 

The American Beverage Association, The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, along with several Philadelphia businesses and consumers filed suit against the tax to in September, stating that it is in violation of the state constitution. 

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge rejected their arguments and dismissed their case, resulting in the immediate appeal heard by a full panel Commonwealth Court Wednesday. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Rollback of Obama-era Labor Department rule muddies PA plans to develop private retirement security plans

Rollback of Obama-era Labor Department rule muddies PA plans to develop private retirement security plans

Just this past Wednesday, the US Senate voted 50-49 to roll back an Obama-era Department of Labor rule that allows cities and counties to develop retirement security plans for private-sector employees not already benefiting from an employer-run plan.

 

A similar rollback of a rule allowing states to develop these plans has not yet been subjected to a vote in the Senate, though it has passed the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly and could be voted on at any time.

Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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