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
Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

In an effort to address the long-term, systemic challenges facing Pittsburgh’s Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA), Mayor Bill Peduto hosted a hearing with an expert water panel tasked with finding solutions to the Authority’s aging infrastructure needs, crippling debt, and water quality issues on Friday as the political battle over the authority's future and Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs grows.

Sunday, April 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Implications of repealing ACA and Medicaid expansion examined by House Democrats in Pittsburgh

Implications of repealing ACA and Medicaid expansion examined by House Democrats in Pittsburgh

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting recently to discuss and explore the implications of a potential federal government repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. 

Republican members of Congress were expected to vote on a measure that would repeal the ACA and replace it with the American Health Care Act last week, but the vote was postponed due to a lack of support. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

In an effort to help Pennsylvanian’s repair or replace their at risk water and sewer lines, Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) introduced a package of legislation Wednesday that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help. 

Highlighting the fact that Pennsylvania’s aging pipe infrastructure is buckling from high lead content, storm water overflows, discharges and other serious issues, Fontana said homeowners are unable to afford to repair or replace the deteriorating waterlines on their properties, noting that some repairs can run from $5,000 to $35,000. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

Rep. Dom Costa and the House Democratic Policy Committee discuss statewide towing regulations

The House Democratic Policy Committee gathered once again in Pittsburgh, this time to discuss draft legislation that would create uniform towing regulations statewide. 

Stemming from complaints that “rogue” towing companies are taking advantage of accident victims at the scene of a vehicle crash before law enforcement arrive at the scene, Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) hopes to craft legislation that would create guidelines and regulations for how towing companies can operate. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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