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

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for the week of June 5

The state General Assembly wrapped up another legislative session week. 

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegations were up to. 

Friday, June 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

A resolution calling for a comprehensive review of an Amtrak train service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg passed the state Senate this week.

SR 76, sponsored by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Shaler Twp.) directs the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of increasing passenger rail service between the two cities.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

In response to President Donald Trump’s dismissal of the Paris climate accord last week, Senators Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) and Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) plan to introduce state legislation that would continue Obama-era environmental regulations.  


Absent federal leadership and with the goal of keeping Pennsylvania on “a steady path in the battle against climate change,” the Pittsburgh-area lawmakers want to require the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt the requirements set forth in the Obama Clean Power Plan.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

The House Consumer Affairs Committee Monday advanced a proposal—House Bill 1490 introduced by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin)—to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC).

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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