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
House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

Just weeks after sending five bills to the Senate that would work to divest the Commonwealth of its wholesale and retail wine and spirits business, the House Liquor Control Committee on Tuesday moved legislation that would allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits.

 

The bill—House Bill 1033 introduced by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler)—would allow beer distributors to sell unlimited quantities of wine and spirits after applying and paying a $5,000 fee for a state-mandated permit. Renewal of the permit will be based off of two percent of the establishment’s annual cost of purchasing wine and/or spirits from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA officials express concern over federal action on health care, religious liberties

PA officials express concern over federal action on health care, religious liberties

A number of Pennsylvania officials over the last several days have publicly urged the President and Congress to not take action on a number of pressing issues at the federal level.

Thursday, May 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: Philadelphia
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
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