While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While leaving open future action from the state legislature, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court upheld Philadelphia’s soda tax Wednesday.

The tax, signed into law in 2016, was levied by the city to fund additional education investments. It was then challenged by restaurant industry groups and local business people as a violation of a 1932 state law that granted the city the right to tax anything without a state levy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) is not shy about her concern that some bills introduced in Harrisburg have a main target: preempting policies set in place by Philadelphia’s local governing body.

“They want to put the handcuffs on Philadelphia and say ‘you can’t do that,’’’ Bullock said.

The issue of preemption, or to replace, reverse, or supercede another law that was already in place, has become a sticking point this year as state laws have attempted to roll back city policies.

Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Two candidates in, one deciding, for open race to fill Mustio’s seat

Two candidates in, one deciding, for open race to fill Mustio’s seat

Long-time Republican Allegheny County representative Mark Mustio is retiring this year, triggering an open race for his long red district among a slew of other senior GOP retirements. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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