Philadelphia City Council passes $4.4 billion budget

Philadelphia City Council passes $4.4 billion budget

Before recessing for the summer, Philadelphia City Council on Thursday passed a $4.4 billion operating budget for FY 2018.

Friday, June 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

After hearing arguments on Philadelphia’s enacted soda tax in Pittsburgh in April, Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday that the tax is constitutional and not violative of Pennsylvania law.  


The American Beverage Association, The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, along with several Philadelphia businesses and consumers filed suit against the tax, which imposes a 1.5 per ounce fee on the distribution of sweetened beverages, stating that it is in violation of the state constitution.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Philadelphia
State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

A House bill that cleared that chamber in late April cleared the Senate Finance Committee Monday morning along a party-line vote.

 

The bill, House Bill 1071, has been introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), and is targeted toward municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees on recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments and could potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania state and city officials react to US withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Pennsylvania state and city officials react to US withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Since President Donald Trump’s Thursday afternoon announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, Pennsylvania officials have voiced their concerns as to what the decision could mean for the state and its cities. 

Friday, June 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

Senate unanimously confirms Estelle Richman for spot on School Reform Commission

By a 48-0 vote Wednesday afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Estelle Richman for a spot on the School Reform Commission, the state-created oversight body for the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Richman was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf in October 2016 after two commissioners from the five-member board stepped down. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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